Five arrested on suspicion of publishing 'seditious' books

Hong Kong | 22 Jul 2021 10:49 am

The police said national security officers have arrested five people on suspicion of conspiring to publish seditious publications to, among other things, “incite young children’s hatred towards the SAR government,” RTHK reports.

The suspects are two men and three women aged 25 to 28 years, who were arrested on Thursday in different districts.

Officers said the suspects are members of a labor union, but did not name it, nor did the force give details about the allegedly offending publications.

“They are suspected of conspiring to publish, distribute, display or reproduce seditious publications between the middle of last year and this year, with an intent to incite the public, especially young children’s hatred towards the SAR government and the judiciary, and to incite the use of violence and disobedience to the law,” the force said.

It added that the five were arrested under section 10 of the Crimes Ordinance – not the national security law.

First convictions of the offense carry a maximum penalty of two years in prison.

Police said some HK$160,000 of the union's assets has also been frozen, adding investigations are ongoing and there may be more arrests.

“The public must recognize the truth, they must not tolerate or glorify violence, and they must not allow the next generation to be incited and led astray by inaccurate and misrepresented information,” the force added.

Sources said those arrested are from the General Union of Hong Kong Speech Therapist, and the offending materials involve children's books.


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