Readers sweep Apple Daily during countdown

Hong Kong | 22 Jun 2021 6:12 pm

Newspaper stall owners said that sales for Apple Daily has increased in these few days.

A woman surnamed Chan, a stall owner in Kwun Tong, said she have sold around 100 more copies of Apple Daily in recent days, out of the 200 to 400 copies she have in supply everyday.

Another vendor in Ngau Tau Kok, a woman surnamed Poon, said she sold all 70 available copies of Apple Daily that she have in an hour and a half in these few days.

“I start selling at 7am, and they are all sold out by 8.30am. Before this week, I only sold around 20 to 30 copies daily,” she said.

Poon believed that the recent police action against Apple Daily stimulated the spike in sell for the pro-democracy newspaper.

A man surnamed Wong, who has been reading the paper for 26 years, feels sad and angry to the events surrounding Apple Daily.

“Apple Daily is a symbol of the freedom of speech in Hong Kong. The recent incident showed that the government is attacking that freedom under the name of national security,” he explained.

Wong said he would continue buying Apple Daily as a gesture to support freedom of speech in the city.

Another Apple Daily fan who has been supporting it since 1995 said that Apple Daily was the first fully coloured newspaper and it made newspaper reading more interested for children.

“I think all is lost and I will never buy newspaper again. Reading it is the first thing I do every morning, even when I was travelling,” she said.

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