To enable police agencies to accommodate Judicial Interpretation No. 718 of the Judicial Yuan and to provide the basis for handling contingent and emergent assemblies or parades before the Assembly and Parade Law (hereinafter, the "Law") is amended, the Ministry of the Interior promulgated the Principles for Handling Contingent and Emergent Assemblies and Parades (hereinafter, the "Principles") via the MOI-Tai-Nei-Jing-10308734912 Circular of December 29, 2014. Consisting of 9 points, the Principles came into effect on January 1, 2015.
The Principles are highlighted as follows:
- Point 2 gives definitions. Contingent assemblies or parades: assemblies or parades which are voluntary gatherings for special reasons without mobilization and without de facto promoters or representatives. Emergent assemblies or parades: assemblies or parades which have to be conducted immediately to achieve their objectives due to emergent reasons.
- Point 3 stipulates the criteria for contingent assemblies or parades that require no application for approval. If a contingent assembly or parade meets the following requirements, it will not be necessary to apply for approval: (1) special reasons exist prior to the mobilization for an assembly or parade; (2) a voluntary gathering takes place for special reasons without any mobilization in reality; and (3) there is in fact no promotor or representative.
- Point 4 deals with the application for emergent assemblies or parades. In case of application for an emergent assembly or parade, competent authorities shall decide immediately upon receipt of application and notify the representative in writing.
- Point 5 provides that a contingent assembly or parade shall not involve any of the following acts. The assembly or parade is conducted in the periphery of announced areas under Article 6 of the Law, is conducted in driveways and undermines traffic order, or is conducted at the same time or in the same venue or route where another assembly or parade is being conducted or to be conducted by others.
- Point 6 stipulates the determination and liabilities of the representative of a contingent assembly or parade. The individuals who are actually hosting or guiding activities in a contingent assembly or parade are the representatives of the assembly or parade and should announce the termination or end of the assembly or parade. If the participants are not dissolved, such individuals shall be responsible for persuading the participants to leave.
- Points 7 through 9 stipulate relevant control measures. Point 7 provides that police officers may be present to maintain order; Point 8 provides that competent authorities shall deal with any act that violates laws or regulations pursuant to law; and Point 9 stipulates that the handling shall meet the principle of proportionality.