HONG KONG - Two men have been arrested in Hong Kong for the possession of children’s books that authorities regard as “seditious”.

They are believed to be the first people arrested for merely owning the picture books after the publishers were jailed last year.

The books feature stories about sheep trying to hold back wolves from their village, which have been interpreted as symbolising the people of Hong Kong and China’s government.

Police claim that the books were “seditious publications that could incite others into using violence and disobeying the law”, said South China Morning Post.