DID you know there is no law that requires the public to have the permission of the police to conduct a peaceful assembly?
That’s why the police have not yet provided the proper legal reference that makes protesting assemblies “unlawful” in Papua New Guinea, which they keep claiming. There is no such thing as “illegal protest” in law.
The criminal offence of “unlawful assembly” (also named “riot” in the Criminal Code) can only be unlawful if the people gathered start behaving in a manner that the causes the neighbourhood to fear that the assembly will “tumultuously [violently] disturb the peace” or provoke other people to disturb the peace. Only then can it be called an “unlawful assembly”.
The Peace and Good Order Act only applies to a particular place and a particular time (and can extend for no more than one month. The Governor General must designate the time and place in the National Gazette and it must be republished in every media outlet.