HK newspaper Apple Daily defiant after crackdown

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HK newspaper Apple Daily defiant after crackdown


A man buys a pile of Apple Daily newspapers in Hong Kong

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Supporters of the paper bought copies in bulk in the early hours

Hong Kong’s Apple Daily newspaper has vowed to “fight on” after the arrest of owner Jimmy Lai under a controversial security law imposed by Beijing.

In extraordinary scenes streamed by the paper on Monday a handcuffed Mr Lai was led through his newsroom as nearly 200 police officers raided the building.

The pro-democracy activist was among 10 people arrested on charges including colluding with foreign forces.

The move sparked global condemnation of the escalating crackdown on dissent.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said China had “eviscerated Hong Kong’s freedoms”.

On Tuesday, Apple Daily’s front page showed an image of Mr Lai in handcuffs with the headline: “Apple Daily must fight on.”

In some parts of the city Hong Kongers were seen queuing for a copy as early as 02:30 as vendors reported selling out of the popular tabloid founded by Mr Lai.

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The paper, which offers a rare and unvarnished take on Hong Kong and China’s leadership, said more than 500,000 copies were printed, up from the usual 100,000.

Mr Lai, who is viewed as a hero by many in Hong Kong for his direct criticism of Beijing’s top leadership, is the highest-profile detainee under use of the new legislation so far.

But on the mainland, he has long been labelled a traitor.

Hours after his arrest prominent youth activist Agnes Chow and Wilson Li, a freelance journalist, were also arrested under the same law.

Global outcry

The arrests renewed criticism from Washington, London and the United Nations about heightened attacks on the city’s freedoms.

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Agnes Chow was detained hours after Jimmy Lai

“I’m deeply troubled by reports of the arrest of@JimmyLaiAppleunder Hong Kong’s draconian National Security Law,” tweeted US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

“Further proof that

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