Protest Permit

Definition - What does Protest Permit mean?

A protest permit is issued when the government gives permission to an organization to protest in a certain place at a certain time.

The practice of requiring a protest permit is highly controversial and is seen by many as a basic contradiction to fundamental rights like the freedom of assembly, association and speech. A protest permit gives the government the power to prohibit protests that challenge governmental authority.

Justipedia explains Protest Permit

The government justifies the practice of requiring a protest permit in places such as a public highway, park or public building by citing public safety concerns. If a demonstration is likely to disrupt automobile traffic, for example, the government may be concerned with the safety of everyone on the premises.

Requiring a permit allows the government some measure of control over demonstrations. Free speech advocates like the ACLU and PEN America are concerned that the government abuses protest-permitting powers to silence dissent and criminalize opposition.

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