Freedom of Assembly, Procession and Demonstration
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A. Public meetings, processions and gatherings

The Public Order Ordinance (Cap. 245) regulates public meetings and public processions. A public meeting means any gathering organised for discussion of matters of interest to the general public, which is held in a public place, i.e. a place where public have access to, no matter payment is required or not. However, it does not include social, recreational, cultural, academic, educational, religious or charitable gatherings, or those for the purpose of a funeral.

A public procession means a procession organised for a common purpose, which takes place in, to or from a public place.

A public meeting may take place only if the Commissioner of Police is notified of the intention to hold the meeting and the meeting is not prohibited by the Commissioner of Police.

A public procession may take place only if the Commissioner of Police is notified of the intention to hold the procession and the procession is not objected to or deemed to be not objected to by the Commissioner of Police.

A public gathering means a public meeting, a public procession and any other meeting, gathering or assembly of 10 or more persons in any public place.

Updated on 08 November 2019

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