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Five members of a Hong Kong union behind a series of children’s books about sheep trying to keep wolves from their village have been arrested for insurgency.

The arrests by the new national security police unit, which is leading a sweeping crackdown on dissent, are the latest action against pro-democracy activists since large-scale and often violent protests erupted in the city two years ago.

Police said Thursday that two men and three women between the ages of 25 and 28 had conspired to publish, distribute, exhibit or copy unsustainable publications.

The group was trying to incite hatred of the public and especially young children against the Hong Kong government and judiciary and incite violence and illegal acts, police said in their statement.

The five people arrested were members of a union and $ 160,000 (US $ 20,600) in funds were frozen under a new national security law China imposed in Hong Kong last year, police added.

A police source told AFP that the arrested men and women were members of the Hong Kong General Union of Speech Therapists.

In recent months the union has published three illustrated e-books trying to explain to children the movement for democracy in Hong Kong. Supporters of democracy are portrayed as sheep living in a village surrounded by wolves.

The first book, entitled Guardians of Deep Village, explains the 2019 pro-democracy protests involving Hong Kong.

The caretakers of Sheep Village, the second book, see village cleaners on strike to force wolves to leave their nests everywhere.

The book entry explains that it is a reference to Hong Kong medical workers hitting last year in an attempt to force the government to close its border with mainland China at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The last book in the trilogy 12 The Sheep Village Brave is about a group of sheep fleeing the village by boat because of wolves.

It is a direct reference to 12 Hongkongers who made a failed attempt to escape by speedboat last year in Taiwan but were arrested by Chinese Coast Guard and imprisoned.

Sedition is a colonial-era law that until last year had not been used since the 1997 Hong Kong surrender to China. Makes up to two years in prison for a first offense.

Police and prosecutors are now using it regularly alongside national security law to suppress speech and political views.

Most of those arrested for such crimes are not allowed on parole.

Residents should see the facts clearly, should not approve or embellish violence, and should not allow the next generation to be incited and deceived by untrue and biased information, police said.

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