Apple Daily increases circulation after Hong Kong police raid

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The Apple Daily, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy newspaper, increased production on Friday, a day after hundreds of police raided its offices and arrested senior executives for breaking Beijing’s controversial law. national security.

Reuters reported that the newspaper increased its number of copies to 500,000 from 80,000 a day earlier. The newspaper ran a cover story about the raid and how police seized dozens of hard drives for evidence.

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The newspaper said five of its leaders were arrested for violating Article 29 of the Beijing National Security Law, which prohibits “collusion with a foreign country or with outside elements to endanger national security. “.

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The law has been used to arrest more than 100 pro-democracy figures since it was first implemented in June last year. Thursday’s raid will do little to alleviate the concerns of many of the city’s residents about their freedoms and their future.

A Hong Kong man who bought a few copies of the newspaper told Reuters he did so to “preserve history.”

“Hang on as long as we can,” he said. “Although the road is rough, we still have to walk it, because there is no other road.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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