Protest, march history in Utah as covered by KUTV 2News in recent years

Protest, march history in Utah as covered by KUTV 2News in recent years (FILE Photo: KUTV)

Public assembly is a right afforded by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

In the US, the organizer of a public assembly must typically apply for and obtain a permit in advance from the local police department or other local governmental body, however, it doesn't always happen.

In Utah, protests and marches have ranged from compliance with ordinances with mass gatherings to violent displays of flag burning and looting.

From the violent protest that took place Saturday in downtown Salt Lake City over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, events covered by KUTV 2News in recent years include but is not limited to:

April 18, 2020 - Hundreds protest in Salt Lake City to reopen all businesses immediately
Hundreds rallied in downtown Salt Lake City to show support for the immediate reopening of Utah businesses following stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus pandemic.

January 3, 2020 - Protesters camp out at Washington Square to demand more resources for homeless
Tents covered the lawn in front of the City and County Building in Washington Square in protest of lacking homeless resources in Salt Lake City.

July 9, 2019 - Utah Inland Port Authority protesters clash with police, at least 8 arrested
Activists gathered to oppose the proposed Utah Inland Port Authority at the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce facilities that led to 8 arrests.

RELATED: Who are the protesters demanding more resources for Utah's homeless?

March 24, 2018 - 'March For Our Lives' student rally supporting gun legislation
Police estimated 8,000 people attended "March For Our Lives" rally and another 1,000 at the "March Before Our Lives" rally.

RELATED: 'March Before Our Lives' pro-gun rally in SLC

Dec. 11, 2018 - Utahns protest oil, gas lease auction near national parks
Opponents to the Trump administration’s plan to lease public lands for fossil-fuel extraction near some of Utah’s national parks gathered at the Utah State Capitol.

Nov. 18, 2018 - Hundreds of animals rights activists fill downtown Salt Lake City, block traffic
Hundreds of Utahns joined the grassroots animal rights activist network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE), condemning Whole Foods for "lying to consumers about the farms where the animal products they sell come from."

Jan. 21, 2017 - Thousands gather in Park City for Women's March on Main the day after the inauguration
An estimated 8,000 people descended on Park City's Main Street advocating for women's rights and unity.

March 7, 2016 - Utah polygamists protest proposed law
Dozens of Utah polygamous families showed up at the State Capitol in protest of Utah House Bill 281, which would make polygamy a third-degree felony.

This story may be updated as archives are researched.