Police set new rule. Running practice requires Letter of No Objection.
A man in charging of a running association told us that, on 22nd, he had received a verbal and an email notification from the police informing them to apply for Letter of No Objection 7 days before any public running practice. Details such as date and time, the location, the route and where they were going to meet for lunch or dinner after the running practice had to be included. The police attempting to regulate and surveil leisure activities was alleged to have exceeded its power. Barrister Wong Yu-yat said that the way the police handling leisure activies was irratonal. No matter you look at it from framers’ intent or literal interpretation, leisure activies cannot be interpreted as demonstrations and so it should not be regulated by the Public Order Ordinance and hence not required to apply for Letter of No Objection.