Peaceful Assembly

People in Italy have a constitutional right to peaceful assembly. The constitution requires prior notice be given to the authorities before a demonstration and establishes that public meetings may be prohibited only on the grounds of security and public safety. Legislation establishes that notification must be given at least three days in advance. Media is guaranteed access to public assemblies, however authorities can establish time and place limitations. Security forces can legally disperse a protest if is considered seditious, damaging to the prestige of the authorities, or threatening to the public order or the safety of citizens. There have been instances of clashes between protestors and security forces, which have used excessive force to control protests.