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Protesters surround prison bus

‘Our hero’: Supporters surround bus with activist Edward Leung inside PICTURE: AFP/GETTY

HUNDREDS of masked protesters yelling ‘Revolution Now!’ surrounded a prison bus taking a leading activist away from high court in Hong Kong yesterday.

Edward Leung, 28, was appealing a six-year sentence after a clash with police last year. The result of his appeal is not yet clear.

As he was driven away, protesters held five fingers in the air — symbol of the movement’s five demands.

Among them was Kenny Lee, 23, who said Leung had inspired a lot of young people. J Sze, who is in her 20s, added: ‘He started spreading his idea a few years ago but not many people really understood him and some even criticised him. Now people start to agree with him — maybe a little bit late.’

China’s state broadcaster cancelled US basketball coverage after Houston Rockets boss Daryl Morey tweeted support for the protesters.

The anti-government protests are now in their fourth month.

CHINA has condemned Apple over a smartphone app that allows Hong Kong protesters to track police movements. The People’s Daily accused the tech giant of ‘facilitating illegal behaviour’ by making HKmap.live available on its online store, adding: ‘Is Apple guiding thugs?’ Beijing has put pressure on foreign companies to take the government’s side. Apple did not immediately respond.