Ministry of Public Security Spokesman Reminds Public of Rules Controlling Demonstrations

April 22, 2005

A spokesman for the Ministry of Public Security announced April 21 that anti-Japan demonstrations must stay within the rules laid down by the Law of the People's Republic of China on Rallies, Parades, and Demonstrations and associated regulations. Under these laws, anyone organizing such events must first apply to the police, and only proceed after getting a permit. Failing to get approval from the police, or failing to conform to the guidelines laid down by the police permit as to purpose, means, posters, slogans, time of beginning and end, place, and route, or endangering public safety and disrupting public order are all illegal. The police will firmly find and punish anyone who seizes this opportunity to disrupt public order, according to the spokesman.