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Protest and Your Rights

Your Right to Protest


NUS are committed to developing local activism and supporting you to run campaigns on your campus and in your local areas. We also believe that peaceful protest has played a major role in bringing about important social and political changes and so our right to protest must be preserved.

We’re pleased to announce that together with Liberty, one of the UK’s leading human rights organisations, NUS are launching an updated briefing on protest and your rights. Liberty celebrates 80 years this year of defending rights and freedoms, including the right to peaceful protest. 

The right to protest is as valuable as ever, and it is essential that when organising public protest that you know your rights.

This briefing tells you all your need to know about organising marches and demonstrations, as well as your legal rights and information about police powers and tactics.

However, NUS has significant concerns about the way in which our right to protest is being curtailed. Protestors may encounter the use of controversial policing tactics- such as ‘kettling’, stop and search, and water cannons – so it is important to know your legal rights.

Download the latest briefing here, which has been updated with new information about stop and search, water cannons, and the use of photography and filming by police and protesters.

You can find out more information about Liberty, or follow them on Twitter (@libertyHQ). You can also become a ‘Student for Liberty’ member for a concessionary rate of £1 a month at www.joinusbeheard.com


NUS contacts:


Piers Telemacque, NUS VP Society and Citizenship



Lucy Hawthorne, Campaigns Manager



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