Jun 18, 2021

Apple Daily: Hong Kong police raid sparks rush on newspapers

EPA. People in Hong Kong have queued up to buy copies of the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily, a day after its newsroom was raided by police. Its billionaire owner Jimmy Lai, a high-profile supporter of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement, is already in jail on a string of charges, including participating in an unauthorised assembly in 2019.He is one of dozens of prominent activists arrested since Beijing introduced the national security law last year. In a press briefing, police said that since 2019, Apple Daily had published more than 30 articles calling on countries to impose sanctions on Hong Kong and mainland China. EPA. In Mongkok district, Hong Kongers queued in the early hours for the first edition. "We call on Hong Kong authorities to respect their obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, in line with the Basic Law, in particular freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly and association and the right to participate in public affairs," he said.

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