Police warn against rally calls in Kowloon tomorrow

Local | 5 Sep 2020 5:35 pm

Police have warned against calls an unauthorized rally in Yau Tsim Mong district tomorrow, citing the risk of breaching the public order laws and social distancing curbs. 

Sources say the force would deploy 2,000 officers in the West Kowloon area to tackle with the demonstration. 

In a Facebook post, police said some netizens have called for an illegal protest in Kowloon to “resume a war” and “retaliate”.

“Such an activity would be considered as an unauthorized assembly and illegal social gathering. Anyone who organize or join the rally, or commit violent acts risk breaking the laws,” a spokesperson said. 

The spokesperson also slammed those who organize the rally for being “selfish” and posing threats to the SAR's public health amid the third wave of Covid-19, saying it is now a “key period to curb to the outbreak”.

“The force would take resolute enforcement actions against any illegal acts and make suitable arrests when seeing fit.”

The latest social distancing measures prohibit gatherings of more than two people in public areas. Those who violated the restriction would be fined with a fixed penalty of HK$2000.

Meanwhile, anyone who is convicted of organizing or joining an illegal assembly would face a maximum penalty of five years in jail.

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