1   Short title

   2   Power to disperse seditious meetings

   3   Punishment for opposing peace officers



[Date of Commencement: 1836]

Cap 354.

Law 6 of 1961.

Act 42 of 1969.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Seditious Meetings Act.

2   Power to disperse seditious meetings

Persons refusing to disperse deemed guilty of felony.

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   When any Justice, or Officer as defined in section 2 of the Constabulary Force Act (in this Act referred to as an "Officer") shall receive information on oath, or have reasonable cause to suspect that any meeting or assembly is held for the purpose of stirring up or exciting any person or persons to commit any act of insurrection or insubordination, or to obtain otherwise than by lawful means any alteration or change in the constitution or government of this Island as by law established, or to commit the offence of administering or taking unlawful oaths, or for any seditious purpose whatsoever, every such Justice or Officer shall forthwith proceed to such meeting or assembly; and it shall be lawful for such Justice or Officer to require and take the assistance of any number of constables within the place wherein such meeting or assembly as hereinbefore mentioned shall be holder, or any other person or persons in their aid or assistance when they shall deem such aid or assistance to be necessary and requisite; and such Justice or Officer shall then and there order and direct, in Her Majesty's name, all and every the persons whom he shall find there assembled peaceably to disperse, and if any person or persons, notwithstanding they have been so ordered and directed to disperse, shall continue together by the space of half an hour after they shall have been so ordered and directed to disperse, then and in every such case the person or persons so continuing on, on due proof that such meeting was of a seditious or treasonable nature, being thereof legally convicted, shall be adjudged guilty of felony, and be liable to imprisonment with or without hard labour for a term not exceeding four years.

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