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To: Scottish government
Protect the rite to protest at Holyrood
Article 11 is closely linked to freedom of expression as it applies to protests, marches and demonstrations, counter-demonstrations, press conferences, public and private meetings and more – but it does not protect intentionally violent protest.
People turn to Article 11 when public authorities either stop a demonstration going ahead, take steps in advance to disrupt a demonstration or store personal information on those taking part.
The State can’t interfere with your right to protest just because it disagrees with protesters’ views, because it’s likely to be inconvenient and cause a nuisance or because there might be tension and heated exchange between opposing groups.
Instead it must take reasonable steps to enable you to protest and to protect participants in peaceful demonstrations from disruption by others
Why is this important?
We live in a democracy where those elected into power have to accept the rite to peacefully protest changes that affect us and our children's future