The right to protest is a vital part of our democracy, and Liberty will continue campaigning to protect it.

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Protest is a crucial part of political life, with a strong British history, yet a variety of measures have undermined the right to peaceful protest.

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Protest - Your Rights

In collaboration with the National Union of Students, Liberty has produced 'Protest - Your Rights', a detailed guide to your right to peaceful protest, including information on notification requirements, issues to be aware of if you are protesting on private property, an explanation of police powers and tactics, and a summary of relevant offences.  

Protest is a crucial part of political life, with a strong British history, yet a variety of measures have undermined the right to peaceful protest.

  • Broad anti-terrorism powers of stop and search have been used to harass and stifle peaceful protesters.
  • Protest around Parliament has been severely restricted by laws limiting and overly regulating the right to assemble and protest around Parliament.

In 2010 we secured a major victory when the European Court ruling in Liberty’s Gillan and Quinton v UK case confirmed that section 44 stop and search powers breached human rights law.

In March 2011, at the invitation of both the TUC and the Metropolitan Police, Liberty provided around 130 legal observers for the March for the Alternative. Read Liberty's report on the policing of the TUC March for the Alternative.