Leaders of the Beef Plan Movement have, this morning, issued an important reminder to all those attending its peaceful protests which are taking place outside beef processing plants across the country.
In a statement on Facebook, Galway Beef Plan Movement said: “Processions (walking around in a circle) are allowed but the most senior guard on duty may think that this is causing a public nuisance.”
“If that is the decision of the guard and they ask you to stop and stand aside, then do so immediately.”
“Under no circumstances are anyone to ignore a request from a guard; do exactly what the guard tells you to do.” the statement concluded.
The right to peaceful protest is protected by the freedom of expression, peaceable assembly and freedom of association guarantees in the Irish Constitution, the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the European Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms.
The Beef Plan Movement is urging its members to follow protest guidelines which were issued ahead of its national campaign.