The new unit of the Hong Kong National Security Police on Thursday arrested five people accused of working on “seditious publications” in the form of children’s books about sheep, according to a report.
Agence France-Presse reported that the books in question are mainly about sheep surrounded by ferocious wolves. The report, citing a police source, said those arrested were from the Hong Kong General Union of Speech-Language Pathologists. The books were said to have been intended to teach the city’s democratic history to children.
The report says the five people arrested were between 25 and 28 years old. They are accused of having conspired to “publish, distribute, exhibit or copy seditious publications”.
After months of anti-government protests in 2019, Beijing last year imposed a sweeping national security law in the semi-autonomous city that critics say restricts the freedoms promised to the former British colony that cannot be found in mainland China.
The law criminalizes secessionism, subversion, terrorism and foreign collusion to interfere in city affairs. Since its implementation in June last year, more than 100 pro-democracy supporters have been arrested under the law, and many more have fled abroad.
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The AFP report, citing a police statement, said the group was accused of attempting to stoke “hatred by the public – and especially young children – towards the Hong Kong government and the judiciary. and incite violence and illegal acts “.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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