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Freedom of assembly
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1. Definition

Freedom of assembly protects the right to gather with others in open air or in closed rooms. In contrast to chance meetings (gatherings), an assembly occurs when several people come together to pursue a common cause. As a fundamental right of collective communication, freedom of assembly is predicated on the social integration of an individual. Hence, until the 1850s, it was understood to be merely a form of freedom of association, which ranged from corporations to popular assemblies [5. 10].

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Rüdiger, Björn, “Freedom of assembly”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 25 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_029651>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180126

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