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Saeima of the Republic of Latvia

Law on Meetings, Street Marches and Pickets

Adopted 16 January 1997

Chapter I. The Rights to Organise Meetings, Street Marches and Pickets and to Participate in Them

Article 1.

(1) Meetings, street marches and pickets are forms of exercising the right to freedom of peaceful assembly guaranteed by the state.

(2) Meetings are organised assemblies for people to meet and communicate ideas and opinions. For the purpose of this law, any form of assembly shall be regarded as a meeting.

(3) A street march is an organised procession along roads, streets, squares, pavements or other territories meant for traffic in order to communicate ideas and opinions. For the purpose of this law, a demonstration, a procession or any other similar movement shall be regarded as a street march.

(4) A picket is a form of assembly during which a person or a group of people stand with posters, placards or streamers in a public place in order to communicate ideas or opinions and during which no speeches are made.


Article 3.

(1) In accordance with this law, every person has the right to organise peaceful meetings, street marches or pickets and to participate in such meetings, street marches or pickets.

(2) No restrictions shall be placed on the exercise of these rights other than those that are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security or public safety, as well as those that are necessary for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.

(3) The state shall not only ensure the possibility of assembly but shall also make certain that there is no interference with such an assembly.


Article 10.

(1) During meetings, street marches or pickets, regulatory acts on ensuring public order must be observed.

(2) During meetings, street marches and pickets, it is prohibited to inveigh against the independence of the Republic of Latvia; to advocate overthrow of Latvia's government by means of violence; to call on people to violate laws; to propagate violence, ethnic or racial hatred, or the ideology of fascism or communism; to spread war propaganda; to eulogise or call on people to commit criminal offences and other violations of law.


Article 19.

During meetings, street marches and pickets there is the freedom of speech and language.

The President of Latvia G. Ulmanis
Riga, 30 January 1997

Source: Unofficial translation