Riot

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Riot is a common law offence based on the concept of “breach of the peace”. The prosecution must prove that three or more people were gathered together, with a common purpose, with an intent to assist each other, using force if necessary, against anyone who opposed them, and also used or threatened force or violence in such a manner as to terrify reasonable people.

Police may also have a situation declared as a riot by having a magistrate read aloud the riot proclamation (“reading the riot act”).

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