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F. Questions and Answers

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?

If an organiser did not file a notice of intention to hold a public meeting or procession and that public meeting or procession turns out to have more than the prescribed limit of participants, the public meeting or procession will become an unauthorised assembly upon the number of participants exceeding the prescribed limit. Every person who holds, convenes, organizes, forms or collects, or assists or is concerned in the holding, convening, organizing, forming or collecting of, any public meeting or public procession after the same has become an unauthorized assembly commits an offence. The Organiser should stop the public meeting or procession in good time before the turnout reaches the prescribed limit.

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