63-year-old pro-democracy activist Leung Kwok-hung marries his long-time comrade Chan Po Ying

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19th January 2021 – (Hong Kong) The former legislative council member “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung and his party mate and long-time comrade Chan Po Ying, registered for marriage. According to the notice of intended marriage, Leung and Chan are both 63 years old, and Chan is 25 days older than Leung. Both of them are divorcees. Chan used to be the assistant to Leung and two of them also participated in social movements and appeared together at pro-democracy demonstration from time to time.

More than 50 pro-democracy activists have been arrested for the primary elections last year including Leung.

Leung was a member of the Legislative Council, representing the New Territories East. A Trotskyist in his youth, he was a founding member of the Revolutionary Marxist League. He became a political icon with his long hair and Che Guevara T-shirt in the protests before he was elected to the Legislative Council in 2004. In 2006, he co-founded a social democratic party, the League of Social Democrats (LSD) of which he was the chairman from 2012 to 2016.

In 2017, he announced his candidacy for the 2017 Chief Executive election, through unofficial public petition, but withdrew after failing to receive enough signatures. On 14th July 2017, Leung was disqualified by the court over his manner on oath of office at the inaugural meeting of the Legislative Council on 12th October 2016 as a result of the oath-taking controversy.

In August 2020, he was among a large group of pro-democracy figures charged for the banned vigil commemorating the 31st anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.[25]

On 6th September 2020, he was arrested when protesting the postponement of the 2020 Hong Kong Legislative Council election. On 15th September 2020, he appeared before the court for the banned Tiananmen anniversary gathering where he criticized the Chinese Communist Party. On 8th December 2020, Leung was arrested again for “unauthorised assembly” during the 1st July protest of that year and was released on bail pending a court appearance. His party condemned his arrest. On 6th January 2021, Leung was arrested along with more than 50 other pan-democrats, accused of violating the national security law over their participation in the pro-democracy primaries of 2020. He is accused of “subverting state power”.

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