523. Banning assemblies.

A ban on an assembly1, or a restriction as to where it can take place2, will constitute an interference with the freedom of assembly3 and will need to be justified4. Under domestic law, the chief officer of police has the power to apply for a banning order if it is likely that a public procession will result in serious public disorder that cannot be contained by less restrictive measures5: there is however no equivalent domestic power to ban an assembly.

It will be considered a disproportionate interference for the state to simply ban a counter-demonstration where there is a risk