In light of reports that a number of organisations are planning to march on Gordon House today, the police are, therefore, advising members of the public of the relevant laws pertaining to public marches and public processions.
According to the police high command, under the Public Order Act (Section 4) it is unlawful for public marches to take place during the night. It is also unlawful for any public marches to take place in daylight unless a permit has been issued by the police.
The police further advise that persons who desire to organise any public march in daylight should apply for a permit at least three days before such intended public march. Applications for such a permit should be made to the senior officer of the Jamaica Constabulary Force in all parishes except in the Corporate Area.
In the Corporate Area of St Andrew and Kingston, applications should be made to the Commissioner of Police. The granting of permission for marches and processions remains the sole prerogative of the police.
If permission is granted by the police for any public march or procession, these activities should not take place within 200 yards from any scheduled premises. Scheduled premises are Jamaica House, Gordon House, Kings House, the headquarters of all ministries, the offices of the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation, and the Cabinet Offices.