Hong Kong Independence Activist Edward Leung Released From Prison After Four Years

Hong Kong independence activist Edward Leung Tin-kei was released from a maximum-security prison on Jan. 19 after serving nearly four years.

Officials confirmed that Leung was released from prison during pre-dawn hours to take “into consideration the wish and safety of the person in custody.”

“The Correctional Services Department has taken corresponding measures to arrange for the person in custody concerned to be released from Shek Pik Prison in the small hours,” Hong Kong’s prison department told AFP News in an email.

Leung’s family urged the public on Jan. 18 not to gather at the prison for his release.

At around 5:45 a.m. local time on Jan. 19, Leung posted on his official Facebook page that he has reunited with his family.

“After four years, I want to cherish the precious time I have with my family and restore a normal life. I would like to express my genuine gratitude for all your care,” Leung wrote.

Leung added that he will “stay away from the spotlight and stop using social media” because he was under legal obligation to follow a “supervision order.”

The page was later deleted.

Authorities jailed Leung for participating in a riot and assaulting a police officer during the February 2016 protests in commercial district Mong Kok.

Leung’s now-banned slogan “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times,” became a cry of resistance against China’s authoritarian rule.

Leung’s release came as over 150 people have been arrested under the national security law that came into force in 2020.

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