New Macau Association files appeal against police refusal of small-scale June 4 vigils

The New Macau Association has filed an appeal with the Court of Final Appeal (TUI), after the Public Security Police Force (CPSP) refused authorisation for several small June 4 memorial gatherings.

The political association had requested to hold several small-scale June 4 memorial gatherings of one to five people in different areas of the city, a request that was refused by police over Coivid-19 pandemic concerns and prompted the appeal.

‘The appeal is 16 pages long and contains four key appeal points: the Health Bureau guidelines are not legally binding; the power of special measures; the Law on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases does not allow the prohibition of assembly; and the prohibition of assembly violates the principle of moderation and should only be the last resort,’ the association said in an announcement on its Facebook page.

The decision comes after last week the top court upheld the decision by police authorities to not authorise the annual June 4 vigil organised by the Democratic Development Union at Senate Square due to Covid-19 health concerns.

Shortly after the decision, the Democratic Development Union announced that the candlelight vigil will now be held online on a live stream.

The Municipal Affairs Bureau (IAM) had also previously withdrawn an authorisation given to the association to hold its annual photographic exhibition on the democratization movement of 1989 and its crackdown, which is usually held at the same location as the vigil.