505. Purpose.

The right to peaceful assembly guarantees the right to peaceful protest: it protects demonstrations that are irritating, contentious, heretical and eccentric1, including those that may annoy or give offence to persons opposed to the ideas and claims that are being promoted2. The term 'assembly' is an autonomous concept under the European Convention on Human Rights3, which means that the content of the right is determined by its substantive meaning and effect, and not by its classification in the domestic legal order of a contracting state