Anti-Occupy protesters defy court order, block Apple Daily delivery
More than 100 people, mostly women wearing facemasks, surrounded the headquarters of the Apple Daily newspaper in the night to Tuesday in an ongoing effort to stop the newspaper’s operations.
The protesters said they wanted to voice their anger against what they regard as the newspaper’s favourable coverage of the Occupy movement.
The High Court issued a court order in the early hours of Tuesday, which called on the group to clear the newspaper office’s entrances.
The night to Tuesday marked the third consecutive night the group camped out at the Tseung Kwan O site.
Police officers formed a human chain to separate protesters from Apple Daily staff. It appears that not arrests have been made.
The group of mostly women continued to block the main gate until dawn. Delivery trucks could not enter the premises.
A Nathan Road newsstand owner surnamed Yuen, who runs his business near Occupy Mong Kok, said Tuesday was the second day the delivery of Apply Daily had been delayed.
As of 6.45am on Tuesday, he has yet to receive the newspaper. Usually, he receives the Apple Daily around 2am. Mr Tam, who runs a news stall on Shantung Street, said he received only ten copies of the Apple Daily through a distributor, but the paper was missing the sport and the business section. He also received 75 copies of the paper's entertainment and supplementary section, which have been delivered separately.
"How can I sell the paper without its front-page?" said Tam. "Many customers want to buy Apple Daily, but I have to reserve the few copies to some close customers."
In the previous night, protesters had left by dawn after delivery of the newspaper had effectively been delayed. Some protesters left on chartered buses, while others walked away.