“The crowd came.
To ask Pilate,
To do for them
According to his custom.”
καὶ ἀναβὰς ὁ ὄχλος ἤρξατο αἰτεῖσθαι καθὼς ἐποίει αὐτοῖς.
This is something like this in Matthew, chapter 27:17. There is nothing like this in John or Luke. Mark said that after the crowd had gathered together (καὶ ἀναβὰς ὁ ὄχλος), they began to ask Pilate to follow his usual custom of releasing a prisoner for them (ἤρξατο αἰτεῖσθαι καθὼς ἐποίει αὐτοῖς) at the festival time. This crowd seemed to be very demanding, since this was a Roman ruler in a Jewish country. How demanding are as regards your government?