Freedom of assembly in Germany: Protected, but regulated

07.04.2021 - Deutsche Welle

Freedom of assembly in Germany: Protected, but regulated
Mass demonstrations shook the city of Hamburg during the G-20 summit in 2017 (Image by DW)

Germany has strict laws protecting freedom of assembly — but also strong regulations on how it may be implemented. DW explains what is allowed and what is against the law.

Germany has a long history of protecting people’s right to assemble and carry out public protests, and it is enshrined as a fundamental right in the German constitution, or Basic Law, based on a law going back to 1848.

Article 8 of the Basic Law, entitled “Freedom of assembly,” states the following:

(1) All Germans shall have the right to assemble peacefully and unarmed without prior notification or permission.

(2) In the case of outdoor assemblies, this right may be restricted by or pursuant to law.

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