518. Protection of the rights and freedoms of others.

The right to assemble peacefully1 often engages the rights of others: in particular, demonstrations may interfere with third party rights of way, rights to property and rights to protest and exercise free expression, and the rights of demonstrators have been held not to override the rights of the public to use and enjoy places of historical, cultural and political interest2, to practise their religion3, or indeed to protest in such places4. In addition the European Court of Human Rights has upheld the lawfulness of a ban on sensitive political demonstrations5, and this stance is mirrored in domestic law by