Two males have been arrested in Hong Kong for possessing copies of a kids’s e book that officers deemed “seditious.”
Police and customs officers arrested the boys, ages 38 and 50, after raiding their properties and seizing a number of copies of the e book.
The books, that are a part of a collection titled “Yangcun,” inform the story of a gaggle of sheep who struggle again in opposition to wolves which are attempting to take over their village and eat them.
Authorities have interpreted the characters to be consultant of Hong Kong and the Chinese language authorities, and used a colonial-era sedition regulation to arrest the boys, Quartz reported.
The lads have been launched on bail, however need to report back to police subsequent month, the BBC reported.
The Yangcun books beforehand roiled Hong Kong final yr, when 5 speech therapists who printed the books have been jailed for 19 months after a Beijing-backed decide discovered they have been “conspiring to publish, distribute and show three books with seditious intent,” The Guardian reported.
The newest arrests, nonetheless, seem like the primary case the place residents have been arrested merely for proudly owning books deemed seditious by authorities, the outlet famous.
Hong Kong is Particular Administrative Area of China, with a “one nation, two methods” precept that’s supposed to permit its residents some freedoms that aren’t doable in mainland China.
Residents, nonetheless, have seen these rights rolled again in recent times following Beijing’s introduction of its 2020 nationwide safety regulation, meant to crack down on widespread pro-democracy protests that rocked Hong Kong starting in 2019.