Hong Kong Police Arrest Five Over Children’s Books Depicting Protesters as Sheep

Hong Kong’s national-protection law enforcement arrested 5 individuals for allegedly conspiring to dedicate sedition via a series of picture guides that portray sheep staying qualified by wolves—an allusion to China’s crackdown on professional-democracy supporters in the metropolis.

Hours after law enforcement detained 5 customers of a speech therapists’ union, law enforcement shown 3 illustrated guides that they say incited hatred against the governing administration among children as youthful as 4. The cartoons simplified “political difficulties that kids wouldn’t understand and beautifies legal pursuits,” Superintendent Steve Li Kwai-wah advised a news conference. “They’re meant to poison the minds of children,” he mentioned.

Described as instructing aids, the guides have been distributed via professional-democracy corporations, local political places of work and on line by the speech therapists’ union, which was started in November 2019—a time when some activists formed workers’ groups as a way to arrange protest actions against the governing administration.

The guides contain 1 titled “The Guardians of Sheep Village,” which is set against the backdrop of antigovernment protests that rocked Hong Kong in 2019. It depicts a malicious plot by the wolves to get in excess of the sheep’s village and devour them all.

Yet another, “12 Warriors of Sheep Village,” refers to a dozen activists who have been caught by the Chinese coastline guard throughout an sick-fated boat escape from Hong Kong very last 12 months. The third e-book in the series, titled “Street Cleaners of Sheep Village,” alludes to a health care workers’ strike very last 12 months when Hong Kong confronted its very first coronavirus bacterial infections imported from China, making use of cartoons of littering wolves to portray outsiders.