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1.8% inflation in October

Overall consumer prices rose 1.8% in October year-on-year, smaller than the 4.4% increase in September, the Census & Statistics Department announced today.   Netting out the effects of the Government's one-off relief measures, the underlying inflation rate was 1.7%, slightly less than September's 1.8%.   Compared with October last year, price increases were recorded for electricity, gas and water; clothing and footwear; meals out and takeaway food; basic food; alcoholic drinks and tobacco; transport; miscellaneous services, miscellaneous goods and housing.   On the other hand, a year-on-year decrease in price was recorded for durable goods.    The Government said that underlying consumer price inflation remained moderate in October.   The year-on-year increase in food prices showed some moderation, though remained relatively fast. Prices of clothing and footwear continued to record a visible increase, while those of energy-related items rose sharply. Price pressur

Govt warns of unlawful assemblies

The Security Bureau today said the public meetings and procession to be held on May 29 and June 4 are unauthorised assemblies and anyone advertising, publicising or taking part in such acts may violate the law.   In a statement, the bureau noted that Police have prohibited and objected to a public meeting and procession to be held on May 30 and a public meeting to be held on June 4. The decisions were confirmed by the Appeal Board on Public Meetings & Processions following a hearing.   According to the Public Order Ordinance, anyone who takes part in an unauthorised assembly is liable to a maximum penalty of five years’ imprisonment while those taking part in advertising or publicising an unauthorised assembly are liable to a maximum penalty of 12 months’ imprisonment.   Additionally, taking part in such events may be in breach of relevant offences under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation.   The bureau also noted that the court's recent judgments in two cases relating to unauthorised assemblies in 2019 indicate that taking part in an unauthorised assembly, whether or not it involves violence, is in violation of the law. The people concerned were eventually sentenced to imprisonment of varying terms.   It reminds the public that they should not advertise, publicise or take part in any unauthorised assembly.   Anyone who attempts to challenge the law, including the Prohibition on Group Gathering, Public Order Ordinance and the National Security Law, will be seriously dealt with by Police in accordance with the law, the bureau added.
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