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The question is not so much what are protesters' rights as:
- what do police consider protesters' rights to be, or even,
- what do police consider their own rights to be, or importantly,
- will the police view the protest as 'unlawful assembly' or as a 'riot', both of which are defined in the Criminal Code of Canada.
Within those contexts, let's look at some fundamental issues that can arise during protests. I'll relay the laws in a general way; the terms demonstration and protest are used interchangeably.