efe-epaHong Kong

The shares of the company that owns the newspaper Apple Daily, known for its critical stance toward the China government and whose founder Jimmy Lai was arrested Monday at his Hong Kong home for "foreign conspiracy" and "use of seditious words" shot up 200 percent at the stock exchange.

Shares of Next Digital, the parent company of Apple Daily, were up by more than 277 percent at 2:30 pm at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange after pro-democracy groups called for support of the company by acquiring its stocks.