LEGAL BRIEFS 35:
Both statutes violate the Oregon Constitution because they prohibit the constitutionally protected rights of speech and assembly. A person's continued attendance at a peaceful assembly and refusal to obey an order to disperse is no longer a crime, assuming the person was not engaged in any other illegal activity.
The ruling is a major victory for protesters engaged in peaceful demonstrations, even if their intent is to cause inconvenience to others as a way to express a political point.
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