Local rebel lets his hair down

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 January, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 January, 2004, 12:00am

Popular Hong Kong activist Leung 'Long hair' Kwok-hung takes the public spotlight yet again, this time in a T-shirt emblazoned with the face of his hero, the revolutionary Che Guevara.

However, this time he will not be leading a protest, but performing a one-man show, named appropriately May be Long Hair; May be Ernesto Che Guevara.

The first of his five performances was staged yesterday at the Hong Kong Arts Centre's Shouson Theatre, where they will run until Saturday. The April 5th Action Group activist showcases the deeds of Che Guevara and recalls his own experiences in Hong Kong's social movement since the mid-1970s.

Leung visited South America for a month recently to research the fire-brand's life. Guevara was born into a middle-class family in Argentina and set up a guerilla force in Bolivia in 1965. He was executed two years later. Tickets for the show, in Cantonese, cost $90 for full-time students. (See www.hkac.org.hk)