Date
19 October 2017
Leung Kwok-hung's supporters plan a welcome fit for a king when the radical lawmaker walks out of prison on July 5. Photo: HKEJ
Leung Kwok-hung's supporters plan a welcome fit for a king when the radical lawmaker walks out of prison on July 5. Photo: HKEJ

Big welcome planned for ‘short-haired’ Leung after prison

Legislator Leung Kwok-hung, commonly known by his nickname “Long Hair”, will walk free on Saturday after a four-week stint in a Hong Kong prison.

As he prepares for release, his fans and supporters are planning a rousing welcome. Calls have been issued in online forums for the public to greet Leung in large numbers when he emerges from the Lai Chi Kok jail, Ming Pao Daily reported.

The crowd should be as large as possible, activists urged, aiming to send a message to authorities.

Leung, a founding member of the League of Social Democrats, had been jailed on charges of disorderly conduct and for causing damage to public property during a forum in 2011.

His party has designed a poster to encourage people to join the welcoming procession. In the poster, Legislative Council President Jasper Tsang is seen sweating, suggesting that he cannot avoid facing Leung. “Take heed as Long Hair is coming back”, a caption read, according to a loose translation.

Meanwhile, several netizens have said that they can’t wait to meet the “short haired” Leung after prison.

Leung had been forced to shear his trademark long locks due to prison regulations.

He missed the drama that took place Thursday in the Legislative Council when lawmaker Wong Yuk-man hurled a glass at Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, and pan-democrat lawmakers heckled the city’s top leader during a question-and-answer session.

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