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Edward Leung Tin-kei (Chinese: 梁天琦; born 2 June 1991) is a Hong Kong politician and activist. He is the former spokesperson of Hong Kong Indigenous, a localist group. He advocates Hong Kong independence, and coined the slogan "Liberate Hong Kong, the revolution of our times" during the 2016 by-election, which was later widely used in 2019–20 Hong Kong protests.

Leung contested the 2016 New Territories East Legislative Council by-election, representing Hong Kong Indigenous. In February 2016, he was arrested in the Mong Kok civil unrest, but despite that his popularity rose. In the election, he received more than 66,000 votes, around 15 per cent of total votes. This led the Hong Kong government to require future candidates a written declaration to confirm their political stance. Leung signed the declaration, giving up his pro-independence stance in 2016 Hong Kong Legislative Council election in September. He was barred from running the election because the electoral officer was not convinced by his declaration.

In December 2017, he resigned from his position as spokesperson of Hong Kong Indigenous. In the same year, Lost in the Fumes, an award-winning documentar

Edward Leung Tin-kei (Chinese: 梁天琦; born 2 June 1991) is a Hong Kong politician and activist. He is the former spokesperson of Hong Kong Indigenous, a localist group. He advocates Hong Kong independence, and coined the slogan "Liberate Hong Kong, the revolution of our times" during the 2016 by-election, which was later widely used in 2019–20 Hong Kong protests.

Leung contested the 2016 New Territories East Legislative Council by-election, representing Hong Kong Indigenous. In February 2016, he was arrested in the Mong Kok civil unrest, but despite that his popularity rose. In the election, he received more than 66,000 votes, around 15 per cent of total votes. This led the Hong Kong government to require future candidates a written declaration to confirm their political stance. Leung signed the declaration, giving up his pro-independence stance in 2016 Hong Kong Legislative Council election in September. He was barred from running the election because the electoral officer was not convinced by his declaration.

In December 2017, he resigned from his position as spokesperson of Hong Kong Indigenous. In the same year, Lost in the Fumes, an award-winning documentary based on his story, was released. In June 2018, he was convicted of rioting and assaulting a police officer during the Mong Kok unrest and sentenced to jail for six years.[1] In 2019, a jury reached a verdict of not guilty in his trial for rioting in Portland Street, Mong Kok.

In 2019, Leung was recognised by Time magazine on its "100 Next", a list of rising stars expected to shape the future.[2] The magazine called him a spiritual leader of the 2019 Hong Kong protests,[2] which is a leaderless movement.[3]

Early life

During the jail time, Leung appealed his charges and sentence, and applied for legal aid[79][88] and studied a Bachelor of Social Science in Open University of Hong Kong.[80] On 18 May, 9 jurors reached a unanimous verdict that Leung was guilty of rioting and assault charges,[81][82][83] but was acquitted on inciting riots.[29] He was later sentenced to 6 years in prison.[35][84][85] It is believed that Leung's lengthy sentence was intended to intimidate activists and squelch political protest.[86]

On 5 March 2020, local media reported that Leung had been transferred to a maximum-security prison.[87]

During the jail time, Leung appealed his charges and sentence, and applied for legal aid[79][88] and studied a Bachelor of Social Science in Open University of Hong Kong.[82][88] He is expected to be discharged in January 2022.[79] Leung's case judgement was rescinded in March 2019, jurors ruled with 7:2 ratio that Leung was not guilty with rioting.[81][79] Meanwhile, senators from 11 countries across Europe, America and Asia issued a joint statement, stating their concern over HKSAR Government abusing obsolete colonial-era Public Order Ordinance arresting and charging protesters indiscriminately in order to silence opposite voices, and request to revise the ordinance.[89] Leung pledged a crowdfunding for his appeal on 9 October 2019, and received over 450,000 Hong Kong dollars in 15 minutes.[90] On 29 April 2020, Leung lost an appeal against his six-year jail term.[91]

Political stance

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