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HRC – Imbalance in police responses to different protest groups

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In response to public demonstrations, police forces are occasionally required to intervene. In doing so, they are bound by national regulations that typically consider both the level of disturbance as well as the possible threat to public safety. With that in mind, one would expect violent and disruptive protests to encounter a drastic police response. However, in recent history, it has happened increasingly more often that the pacifist protesters are met with a great number of heavily armed police, whereas the violent protests are condoned from across the street. This imbalance in the police response to different protest groups is highly disruptive for society and damages the societal safeguards of a healthy state. The Council must provide a legal framework for protecting public safety as well as the right to freedom of peaceful assembly.

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