Activist Rights

Public meetings and vigils

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Public meetings

For the holding of outdoor public meetings see Marches and rallies.

Public meetings held in privately owned or local council venues are commonly subject to public liability or a range of health and safety conditions. If the venue owner or council is unsympathetic to the activist organisation these conditions can be used to limit or prevent use of the building.

Local councils tend to have a range of conditions for hire of council owned halls and buildings including adequate public liability insurance.


Many of the considerations noted in Marches and rallies may need to taken into account.

Due to the ongoing nature of vigils pressure from the police, property owners and other stakeholders may become more intense over time. For a case study of a long-running vigil see the case study – Women chained at the US Consulate.

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