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Anti-epidemic meeting held

A meeting on the anti-epidemic work of the Mainland and Hong Kong was held today in Shenzhen.   It was hosted by Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office of the State Council Deputy Director Huang Liuquan.   Chief Secretary John Lee led Hong Kong Special Administrative Region representatives to attend the meeting and exchange strategies with Mainland representatives on preventing and fighting COVID-19 as well as study the resumption of quarantine-free travel between the Mainland and Hong Kong.   Mr Huang noted that the office organised the meeting as the central government attaches great importance to the request by Chief Executive Carrie Lam on the resumption of quarantine-free travel with the Mainland.   Mr Lee thanked the central government for its support and care towards the Hong Kong SAR's efforts in preventing and fighting the virus, and for offering vital assistance on many occasions.   He also expressed gratitude to the office for arranging the meeting within a short

Govt warns of unlawful assemblies

The Security Bureau today said the public meetings and procession to be held on May 29 and June 4 are unauthorised assemblies and anyone advertising, publicising or taking part in such acts may violate the law.   In a statement, the bureau noted that Police have prohibited and objected to a public meeting and procession to be held on May 30 and a public meeting to be held on June 4. The decisions were confirmed by the Appeal Board on Public Meetings & Processions following a hearing.   According to the Public Order Ordinance, anyone who takes part in an unauthorised assembly is liable to a maximum penalty of five years’ imprisonment while those taking part in advertising or publicising an unauthorised assembly are liable to a maximum penalty of 12 months’ imprisonment.   Additionally, taking part in such events may be in breach of relevant offences under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation.   The bureau also noted that the court's recent judgments in two cases relating to unauthorised assemblies in 2019 indicate that taking part in an unauthorised assembly, whether or not it involves violence, is in violation of the law. The people concerned were eventually sentenced to imprisonment of varying terms.   It reminds the public that they should not advertise, publicise or take part in any unauthorised assembly.   Anyone who attempts to challenge the law, including the Prohibition on Group Gathering, Public Order Ordinance and the National Security Law, will be seriously dealt with by Police in accordance with the law, the bureau added.
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