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    A victim of tyranny. That was the defiant cover story of the last ever edition of the Apple Daily – as Hong Kong’s final pro-democracy newspaper wrote its own obituary.

    It came just days after authorities moved to shut down the paper on national security grounds. People waited in long lines to try to secure one of the last copies. One million were printed – several times its normal circulation.

    The newspaper was known for its criticism of China’s communist rulers. It said it had no choice but to cease operations, after police froze its assets and arrested five top editors and executives last week. It’s seen as another sign of China’s tightening grip on the city.

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