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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 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.