Date
20 November 2017
Tents are shown outside the Next Media building in Tsueng Kwan O. At right, protesters hold a rally outside Jimmy Lai's home.Photos: Apple Daily
Tents are shown outside the Next Media building in Tsueng Kwan O. At right, protesters hold a rally outside Jimmy Lai's home.Photos: Apple Daily

Anti-occupiers block entrances to Apple Daily building

A group of protesters have been blocking vehicle entrances to the offices of Apple Daily, the flagship of media tycoon Jimmy Lai, a key figure in the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement.

They have been occupying the premises since Sunday afternoon, accusing the newspaper of biased reporting toward the student demonstration, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday. 

Tents have sprung up in vehicle entrances to the Tsueng Kwan O headquarters of Next Media, which publishes Apple Daily, blocking employee shuttle buses and trucks carrying newspapers.

By Monday morning, a tense stand-off had emerged between the occupiers and security personnel even as police were called in. 

The building has been besieged by protesters in recent days. A 40-foot-long container truck and two vans blocked the entrances on Saturday night before they were removed by the police. 

Meanwhile, more than 20 people calling themselves an anti-dirty money concern group protested in front of Lai’s home on Sunday afternoon.

They held signs saying Lai’s donations to pro-democracy groups caused the ongoing street chaos.

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