In Pictures: Hongkongers clear shelves of Apple Daily in protest over Jimmy Lai arrest and newsroom raid


Published by HONGKONGFP.COM

Summary generated on August 11, 2020


    Hongkongers emptied newspaper racks across the city as they rushed to purchase Apple Daily on Tuesday morning, in a show of support for the pro-democracy newspaper after the arrest the previous day of its owner Jimmy Lai and a police raid on its newsroom.

    The first batch of Tuesday's Apple Daily - with a photo of Lai in police custody and a headline reading "Apple will stride on" - arrived at a newspaper stand in Mong Kok at around 2 am.

    "Now it's not just about buying a copy of a newspaper, it is buying conscience. This is the stance Hongkongers choose to take, and they need to strive to report on the truth," a reader surnamed Fung told Apple Daily.

    Apple Daily originally printed 350,000 copies of Tuesday's edition, but decided to add another 200,000 due to high demand.

    Tin Shui Wai Connection, an activist group, announced its members would distribute around 1,000 copies of Apple Daily at the Tin Shui Wai MTR station in the morning.

    HKFP reporters checked multiple convenience stores across Hong Kong on Tuesday morning and most said copies of Apple Daily had been sold out.

    Around 10 people queued up to pay for their Apple Daily copies at a convenience store in Wong Chuk Hang MTR station, after the shop received extra copies at around 9.30 am.

    On Monday night, the tabloid asked people to buy a copy of Apple Daily and upload a photo to social media platforms with the hashtags #SupportAppleDaily and #WeNeedApple Daily.

    While police said the force did not seize any reporting material, live feed from Apple Daily from inside the office showed officers examining documents on journalists' desks.

    "In the face of these illegal, unreasonable and barbaric tactics, the staff of Apple Daily will stay fearless and continue speaking the truth amid persecution," the statement read..