RIOT POLICE RAISED BLUE FLAG TO PETTY PERSON BEATING STALLS, AND INSULTED TOURISTS WITH “COME ON” AND “RUBBISH”

A group of Police Tactical Unit (PTU) officers set up a cordon line and raised the blue flag, indicating that the scene was an unlawful assembly under the Canal Road in Causeway Bay. “Move! Why the heck are you standing here?” PTU Officers taunted. A foreign man passed by and talked to one of the PTU officers. Soon after that, the man turned around and left, which might be due to language barrier. PTU officers subsequently shouted “come on” and “go away” with provocative gestures, signalling the foreign man to step forward. However, he left after glancing at the officers. The PTU officers, who might be irritated by the fact that they were ignored, called the man “rubbish”.

Under Article 3 of section 45(1) of the Police (Discipline) Ordinance (Cap. 232 Laws of Hong Kong):

(2)
The offences against discipline are—
(c)
conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline;
(j)
making a statement which is false in a material particular in the course of his duty or in connexion with the discharge by the police force of any of its duties or functions.

Under Article 2 of part I of the Public Order Ordinance (Cap. 245 Laws of Hong Kong):

meeting (集會) means any gathering or assembly of persons convened or organized for the purpose of the discussion of issues or matters of interest or concern to the general public or a section thereof, or for the purpose of the expression of views on such issues or matters, and includes any gathering or assembly of persons whether or not previously convened or organized at which any person assumes or attempts to assume control or leadership thereof for any such purpose; but does not include any gathering or assembly of persons convened or organized exclusively—
(a)
for social, recreational, cultural, academic, educational, religious or charitable purposes, or as a conference or seminar bona fide intended for the discussion of topics of a social, recreational, cultural, academic, educational, religious, charitable, professional, business or commercial character.

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