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Readers rally to Hong Kong's Apple Daily despite official warning

Shops sell out despite print run expanded to 500,000 from 80,000

HONG KONG -- Warnings from Hong Kong's top security official against "associating" with Apple Daily appeared to backfire on Friday as city residents swarmed newsstands and shops to buy copies of an expanded run of the outspoken newspaper, a day after five of its top editors and executives were arrested on charges of "colluding with foreign forces."

"What happened yesterday was terrible," said a 36-year-old office worker buying three copies of the paper at a news stall in the central business district even though he has an online subscription.

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