Over 100 police officers raid office of Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily


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Summary generated on August 10, 2020


    Over 100 police officers raided the Tseung Kwan O offices of pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily on Monday morning.

    Live streams showed officers lining up staff members to check their identities after entering at around 9:45am, whilst other officers went desk-to-desk.

    According to a police Facebook post, the force entered the building with a court warrant on Monday morning to investigate crimes endangering national security: "Police already showed the court warrant to staff members inside the building and explained the content of the warrant. [Officers] asked people inside the building to cooperate with police in carrying out the warrant."

    Lai himself was seen in live footage being guided through the office with police with his hands secured behind his back.

    Senior superintendent of the national security department Steve Li told reporters outside the building that officers had conducted an initial review to see which departments or units of the newspaper firm they were entitled to search under the warrant.

    Footage showed police flipping through items on staff members' desks.

    The head of the University of Hong Kong's journalism department also said the raid was an "Outrageous, shameful attack on press freedom."

    "With police raiding a newsroom and a handcuffed editor doing a perp walk, I would say HK as we knew it is already unrecognizable. These scenes are shocking. And shameful," he tweeted.

    Earlier, police said seven arrests were made in all on Monday, as local media reported that Lai's sons and other top Apple Daily executives were detained.

    The move - which gives police sweeping new powers - alarmed democrats, civil society groups and trade partners, as such laws have been used broadly to silence and punish dissidents in China.