The right to assemble peacefully must be interpreted broadly and purposively1. It is primarily a negative right not to be prevented or restricted by the state from meeting with others to pursue particular aims, although the state may be required to take positive measures to ensure that the right to peaceful assembly is protected2. The right to peaceful assembly is neither strengthened nor weakened by the aims of the protest nor by the level of support that it commands3, although protest on public interest issues should be afforded particular protection4. Peaceful assemblies that have secessionist or independence objectives that
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