Hong Kong protesters clamor for release of detained activist

  • Supporters surround a police bus carrying political activist Edward Leung as it leaves the High Court in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Several hundred masked protestors chanting for revolution have gathered at Hong Kong's High Court for the appeal hearing of an activist sentenced to six years in prison for his part in a violent nightlong clash with police.

    Supporters surround a police bus carrying political activist Edward Leung as it leaves the High Court in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Several hundred masked protestors chanting for revolution have gathered at Hong Kong's High Court for the appeal hearing of an activist sentenced to six years in prison for his part in a violent nightlong clash with police. Associated Press

  • Supporters of Hong Kong activist Edward Leung gather outside the High Court in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Last year, Leung was sentenced to six years in prison for his part in a violent nightlong clash with police over illegal street food hawkers two years ago.

    Supporters of Hong Kong activist Edward Leung gather outside the High Court in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Last year, Leung was sentenced to six years in prison for his part in a violent nightlong clash with police over illegal street food hawkers two years ago. Associated Press

  • A sticker featuring a picture of Hong Kong activist Edward Leung with Chinese words which read "Liberate Hong Kong," is displayed outside the High Court in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Last year, Leung was sentenced to six years in prison for his part in a violent nightlong clash with police over illegal street food hawkers two years ago.

    A sticker featuring a picture of Hong Kong activist Edward Leung with Chinese words which read "Liberate Hong Kong," is displayed outside the High Court in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Last year, Leung was sentenced to six years in prison for his part in a violent nightlong clash with police over illegal street food hawkers two years ago. Associated Press

  • Supporters of Hong Kong activist Edward Leung, hold up their hands to represent the protesters' five demands outside the High Court in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Last year, Leung was sentenced to six years in prison for his part in a violent nightlong clash with police over illegal street food hawkers two years ago.

    Supporters of Hong Kong activist Edward Leung, hold up their hands to represent the protesters' five demands outside the High Court in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Last year, Leung was sentenced to six years in prison for his part in a violent nightlong clash with police over illegal street food hawkers two years ago. Associated Press

  • A supporter holds a placard with picture of Hong Kong activist Edward Leung and Chinese words which mean "I am a protector of Edward Leung," outside the High Court in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Last year, Leung was sentenced to six years in prison for his part in a violent nightlong clash with police over illegal street food hawkers two years ago.

    A supporter holds a placard with picture of Hong Kong activist Edward Leung and Chinese words which mean "I am a protector of Edward Leung," outside the High Court in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Last year, Leung was sentenced to six years in prison for his part in a violent nightlong clash with police over illegal street food hawkers two years ago. Associated Press

  • Hong Kong jailed activist Edward Leung, left, is escorted by Correctional Services officers in a prison van as he arrives high court for his sentence appeal in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019.  Last year, Leung was sentenced to six years in prison for his part in a violent nightlong clash with police over illegal street food hawkers two years ago.

    Hong Kong jailed activist Edward Leung, left, is escorted by Correctional Services officers in a prison van as he arrives high court for his sentence appeal in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Last year, Leung was sentenced to six years in prison for his part in a violent nightlong clash with police over illegal street food hawkers two years ago. Associated Press

  • Supporters of Hong Kong jailed activist Edward Leung hold banner with the words "Revolution" outside the High Court in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019.  Last year, Leung was sentenced to six years in prison for his part in a violent nightlong clash with police over illegal street food hawkers two years ago.

    Supporters of Hong Kong jailed activist Edward Leung hold banner with the words "Revolution" outside the High Court in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Last year, Leung was sentenced to six years in prison for his part in a violent nightlong clash with police over illegal street food hawkers two years ago. Associated Press

  • Supporters surround a police bus carrying political activist Edward Leung as it leaves the High Court in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Several hundred masked protestors chanting for revolution have gathered at Hong Kong's High Court for the appeal hearing of an activist sentenced to six years in prison for his part in a violent nightlong clash with police.

    Supporters surround a police bus carrying political activist Edward Leung as it leaves the High Court in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Several hundred masked protestors chanting for revolution have gathered at Hong Kong's High Court for the appeal hearing of an activist sentenced to six years in prison for his part in a violent nightlong clash with police. Associated Press

  • A demonstrator carries a flag reading "Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of Our Times" outside the High Court in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Several hundred masked protestors chanting for revolution have gathered at Hong Kong's High Court for the appeal hearing of an activist sentenced to six years in prison for his part in a violent nightlong clash with police.

    A demonstrator carries a flag reading "Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of Our Times" outside the High Court in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Several hundred masked protestors chanting for revolution have gathered at Hong Kong's High Court for the appeal hearing of an activist sentenced to six years in prison for his part in a violent nightlong clash with police. Associated Press

 
 
Posted10/9/2019 7:00 AM

HONG KONG -- Hundreds of masked protesters yelling "Revolution Now!" crammed the sidewalk in front of Hong Kong's High Court and spilled onto the street in an impassioned show of support Wednesday for an activist appealing a six-year prison sentence for his part in a violent nightlong clash with police.

As a prison service bus with mesh-covered windows drove Edward Leung away after the hearing, supporters pressed up against the vehicle, briefly blocking traffic, and held five fingers up in their air. That symbolizes the five demands of Hong Kong's protest movement for direct elections, amnesty for arrested demonstrators and other wishes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The fate of his appeal was not immediately clear.

China's government has targeted an array of companies and the National Basketball Association for perceived support of the Hong Kong anti-government protests. Apple Inc. became the latest on Wednesday when the ruling Communist Party's main newspaper criticized the tech giant for a smartphone app on its App Store that allows activists to report police locations and use of tear gas.

The app, HKmap.live, "facilitates illegal behavior," the People's Daily said in a commentary. It warned that Apple might be damaging its reputation with Chinese consumers.

Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Beijing has pressed companies including Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways to take the government's side against the protests, which are in their fourth month.

China's state broadcaster canceled broadcasts of NBA games after the general manager of one of its teams tweeted support for the protesters.

Leung, the activist, emerged as one of the figureheads of protest in Hong Kong after 2014's failed nonviolent demonstrations over Beijing's decision to restrict elections.

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Among supporters who gathered outside Wednesday's hearing was Kenny Lee, 23, who said Leung "has inspired a lot of Hong Kong people, especially our young people."

Even jailed, Leung's activism still resonates as Hong Kong is again gripped by protests that have snowballed since June.

"He started spreading his idea a few years ago but at that time, not many people really understood him and some even criticized him," said J. Sze, a supporter in her twenties.

"Now, some people start to agree with his idea, maybe a little bit late," she said.

Leung has been an advocate of independence for Hong Kong, which reverted from British to Chinese rule in 1997. He was sentenced in June 2018 for his role in a Feb. 8-9, 2016, outbreak of violence in the city's working-class Mong Kok district.

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