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A suspect was wearing a hood and was escorted by police to search for evidence at an office in Hong Kong on Jul 22let 2021. AP
HONG KONG - Hong Kong police on Thursday arrested five trade unionists and a court refused bail for four editors and journalists detained for infringement to national security, as part of a growing crackdown on dissent in the city.
The five who were arrested are members of the General Association of Speech-Language Pathologists of Hong Kong, according to the reports. local media.
The association has published three children's books that the authorities apparently suspect are phors for the political crisis. The books feature stories that revolve around a sheep village that has to deal with wolves from another village. The sheep act like going on strike or running away in a boat, according to synopses posted on the association's website.
Police have confirmed they have arrested two men and three women from union, but did not identify them or the union.
The police said she is suspected of conspiring to publish, distribute, display or copy seditious publications with the intent to incite hatred, violence and other acts contrary to the law towards the Hong Kong authorities and the judiciary by the public, especially young children.
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Police said it also froze 160,000 Hong Kong dollars ($ 20,600) in union-related assets.
A court Thursday of Hong Kong denied bail to four prominent editors and journalists. -Former pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily. They were "arrested on Wednesday for conspiracy to come to terms with foreign powers to endanger national security.
Until present, eight former employees were arrested. Apply Daily ceased operations in June after $ 2.3 million in assets freeze and police raided the newspaper offices, confiscating hard drives and laptops.
After months of anti-government protests in 2019, Beijing imposed last year a sweeping national security law in the semi-autonomous city which critics say restricts the freedoms promised to the former British colony not found on mainland China.
The law criminalizes secessionism, subversion, terrorism and foreign collusion in city affairs. Since its implementation, more than 100 pro-democracy supporters have been arrested and many more have fled abroad .