The 24-year-old activist served nearly seven months for his role in an unauthorized assembly during anti-government protests in the city in 2019.
Hong Kong Democratic activist Agnes Chow was released from prison on Saturday second anniversary of the great democratic concentrations of the city, with police in place and protests almost banned.
Two thousand agents have been put on hold after social media asked residents to commemorate the failed democratic demonstrations.
Authorities have maintained a coronavirus ban at public meetings even though the city recorded only three local infections in the last month.
A national security law imposed by Beijing has also criminalized much dissent and most of the city’s democratic leaders have been arrested, imprisoned or fled abroad.
On Saturday morning, one of these figures was released from prison.
Chow, 24, was docked by the media waiting, but made no comment as she was expelled.
Supporters shouted “Agnes Chow adds oil,” a Cantonese expression of encouragement that was widely used in protests that irritated the city.
Some fans wore black T – shirts and yellow masks and one wore a yellow umbrella, a symbol of the protests in the former British colony dating back to 2014.
Chow comes from a generation of activists who cut their teeth in politics when they were teenagers and became an inspiration to those struggling under Beijing’s increasingly authoritarian government.
He spent about seven months behind bars for his role in a 2019 protest outside the city’s police headquarters. Fellow youth activists Joshua Wong and Ivan Lam were convicted in the same case.
Chow’s release comes at a sensitive time.
Two years ago, on June 12, thousands of protesters surrounded the city legislature in an attempt to stop the passage of a bill that could have allowed extradition to the judicial system of mainland China.
Riot police used tear gas and rubber-coated bullets to disperse the huge crowds.
Images of the clashes deepened public anger and fueled what became an increasingly violent movement calling for a full democracy that lasted seven months in a row.
Huge crowds concentrated week after week on the most serious challenge to the Chinese government since the surrender of Hong Kong in 1997.
Beijing’s leaders have rejected the call for democracy and portrayed those protesting as creatures of “foreign forces” trying to undermine China.
They have since overseen blunt repression that has successfully curbed dissent and radically transformed the formerly frank semi-autonomous city.
The spearhead of this repression has been the national security law.
More than 100 people have been arrested under the new law, including Chow, although she has not yet been charged.
Dozens more have been charged, including jailed pro-democracy media mogul Jimmy Lai.
Most have been denied bail and face life in prison if convicted.
Protests have been extremely restricted over the past year in Hong Kong, but birthday events have tended to focus attention.
On Friday, two activists from Student Politicism, a pro-democracy group, were arrested on suspicion of announcing an unauthorized assembly.
Last week, authorities banned an annual candlelight vigil to commemorate the victims of the deadly crackdown on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989.