Hong Kong police raid pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily, arrest 5

Hong Kong: Hong Kong police raided the offices of pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily on Thursday morning and arrested five executives under the city’s national security law, including its chief editor Ryan Law.

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The arrests are the latest police operation targeting the popular tabloid that has unapologetically supported the financial hub’s pro-democracy movement.

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Police said five executives were arrested “for collusion with a foreign country or with external elements to endanger national security”.

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A police source confirmed to AFP that all five were executives from Next Digital, Apple Daily’s parent company.

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Apple Daily said Law was among those arrested.

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The paper broadcast live footage of the police raid on its Facebook account.

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Officers could be seen cordoning off the complex and walking through the building.

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It is the second raid on Apple Daily in less than a year.

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Apple Daily’s billionaire owner Jimmy Lai was charged with collusion after a raid last August.

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He is currently serving multiple jail sentences for attending various pro-democracy protests that rocked Hong Kong two years ago.

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