Thu. Mar 23rd, 2023

Two males have been arrested in Hong Kong for possessing copies of a kids’s ebook that officers deemed “seditious.” 

Police and customs officers arrested the boys, ages 38 and 50, after raiding their houses and seizing a number of copies of the ebook. 

The books, that are a part of a sequence titled “Yangcun,” inform the story of a bunch of sheep who battle again towards 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 boys have been launched on bail, however need to report back to police subsequent month, the BBC reported.

Authorities used colonial-era sedition regulation to arrest the boys for possessing the youngsters’s books.
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The Yangcun books beforehand roiled Hong Kong final 12 months, when 5 speech therapists who printed the books have been jailed for 19 months after a Beijing-backed choose discovered they have been “conspiring to publish, distribute and show three books with seditious intent,” The Guardian reported.   

The most recent arrests, nonetheless, look 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 techniques” precept that’s supposed to permit its residents some freedoms that aren’t attainable in mainland China.

Residents, nonetheless, have seen these rights rolled again lately following Beijing’s introduction of its 2020 nationwide safety regulation, supposed to crack down on widespread pro-democracy protests that rocked Hong Kong starting in 2019.

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