Aug 11, 2020

Hong Kong paper Apple Daily defiant after arrest

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. The arrest of Mr Lai, who is viewed as a hero by many in Hong Kong for his criticism of Beijing's top leadership is the highest-profile use of the new legislation so far. "The Hong Kong authorities must uphold the rights and freedoms of its people." The controversial security law introduced to Hong Kong in June had already prompted some of the city's highest-profile activists to flee overseas in anticipation of a broader clampdown on the city's freedoms. Speaking from London, pro-democracy activist Nathan Law told the BBC the arrests were "Definitely a retaliation towards the sanctioning from the US on Hong Kong officials".

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