Hong Kong’s national security police on Thursday (22/7), arrested five members of a trade union on charges of sedition.
Local media reported that the five were members of the Hong Kong Association of Speech Therapists.
Broadcasting station TVB showed footage showing police returning to the union office with one of those arrested before showing up with boxes of evidence.
The association has published three children’s books that tell the story of a village of sheep who must deal with wolves from different villages.
According to a synopsis published on the association’s website, in the books, the sheep perform actions such as strike, or escape by boat — similar to the current situation in Hong Kong.
Police confirmed that they had arrested two men and three women from the union, aged between 25 and 28. However, they did not reveal the identities of the detained persons or the names of the trade unions to which they belonged.
Police said the five were suspected of conspiring to publish, print and distribute publications containing incitement to incite hatred, violence and other unlawful acts — particularly among children — against Hong Kong authorities and the justice system. .
Police also said the union’s assets worth nearly $21,000 had been frozen. [ab/uh]