The Right to Demonstrate

Posted on May 8, 2023

I was deeply disturbed by the attitude of some of my friends with regards demonstrations during the recent Royal jamboree of nonsensical pomp and ceremony. They didn’t seem to grasp the fact that arresting and detaining people without charge is an assault on their human rights. These people weren’t smashing London up, they were arrested for having placards.

The right to demonstrate, also known as the right to protest or the freedom of assembly, is a basic human right. It is recognised by international law and enshrined in many national constitutions. This human right allows individuals and groups to get together and express their opinions, beliefs, and concerns on issues that matter to them. Demonstrations can take many forms, such as marches, sit-ins, picketing, and rallies. They can cover many issues, often social or economic.

As a reminder to those who think the Met Police behaved properly yesterday, here are the reasons why the right to demonstrate is important

Promoting Opinion

Organised demonstrations are a way for people to express their opinion regarding things that affect to them. The right to demonstrate is linked to the freedom of expression and opinion, which are also fundamental human rights. By allowing people to gather and voice their opinions, the right to demonstrate helps to promote public discourse and an eclectic range of opinions.

Holding Government and Institutions to Account

Demonstrations are generally targeted at governments or powerful institutions and corporations. By publicly expressing grievances, demonstrators can publicly hold these institutions accountable for their actions. Demonstrations often bring attention issues that have been conveniently ignored by government or media institutions supporting the government. They help to push for change.


Participating in demonstrations are a critical way for people to engage with their communities and feel like they have a voice in the political process. By encouraging civic engagement and participation, the right to demonstrate helps to create stronger, more resilient democracies across the globe and halt authoritarianism.

Social Change

Successful demonstrations are a catalyst for social change. They create awareness of issues and build public support. They put pressure governments and institutions to take action on issues such as human rights, social justice, and environmental protection. Demonstrations promote dialogue and cooperation between different groups and stakeholders.

Human Rights

The right to demonstrate is a vital component of the broader system of human rights. By allowing people to gather and express their opinions, the right to demonstrate helps to protect the freedom of expression and opinion. Demonstrations can also help to protect other human rights, such as the right to a clean environment (a big issue in the UK right now).

In Conclusion

To conclude, the right to demonstrate is an important human right that helps to promote freedom of expression, hold institutions accountable, promote social change, and protect our human rights. While demonstrations can sometimes be disruptive or angry, they play a vital role in promoting democracy. It is is regarded as critical that functioning governments and other institutions respect and protect this fundamental right.

The fact that the Tory Party is actively trying to crush those rights, is deeply disturbing.

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