Freedom of Assembly, Procession and Demonstration
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C. Questions and Answers


  1. Does the Public Order Ordinance regulate private meetings and processions?

  2. Do organisers need to obtain notices of no objection if meetings or processions are to be held in private premises such as private roads?

  3. What organisers need to do to organize public meetings and processions?

  4. Can the police issue a notice of prohibition or a notice of objection merely because the public meeting or procession will likely cause inconvenience to the pubic?

  5. If the police have already issued a notice of prohibition regarding a public meeting or a notice of objection regarding a public procession, people still participate in the public meeting or procession. Do participants commit any offences?
  6. Can participants perform entertainment during public meetings and processions?

  7. If a religious group intends to hold a public procession exclusively for religious purpose, does it need to file a notice of intention to hold a public procession?

  8. The organiser does not file a notice of intention to hold a public meeting or procession because it estimates that the number of participants will be less than 50 (in the case of the public meeting) or 30 (in the case of the public procession). However, it turns out that the number of participants is more than 50 (in the case of the public meeting) or 30 (in the case of the public procession). Does the organiser commit any offences under the Public Order Ordinance? Should the organiser stop the public meeting or procession? If so, when should the organiser stop the public meeting or procession?

  9. The services of public transport are suspended during public meetings and processions. Do organisers and participants need to compensate for loss of revenues to public transport companies?

  10. Are the police allowed under the Public Order Ordinance to use force greater than objectively necessary and reasonable to enforce the Ordinance?

Updated on 08 November 2019

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