Interview for DW News on the dispersal of pro-Palestinian demonstrations

As part of a report by Deutsche Welle (DW News) on the suppression of pro-Palestinian protests, Prof. Dr. Emanuel V. Towfigh was interviewed as an expert on the constitutional background. In global terms, freedom of assembly is guaranteed quite extensively in Germany – the dissolution of assemblies is considered ultima ratio. However, restrictions are strict when this is necessary to protect other legal interests of constitutional importance. If protests violate such legal interests – for example, by expressing openly racist and anti-semitic »opinions«, if the Holocaust is denied or if Israel’s right to exist is disputed – the authorities may ban and dissolve an assembly in accordance with the Constitution and the assembly laws.