Coming to a town near you: a civil protest. I am a fan of free speech; I do it every day. But not the kind of speech and shenanigans that display violence, destruction, looting or any of the other kinds of “free speech” that the hooligans are demonstrating today. It’s downright despicable.
So what do you do when the circus of protesters comes to a town near you? Do you run for the hills? Do you stay and fight or do you join in the mayhem because they need some help knocking off another police officer or writing graffiti?
First of all, I don’t like crowds and what crowds do when they whip into a frenzy; they’re usually not thinking straight or acting as they were if they were walking alone. But we see more protests and protesters in more towns. So, what do you do?
Here is an excerpt from Doomandbloom where you can read more about how to survive a protest.
How to survive a protest
It goes without saying that your objective should be to stay away from the where the violence is occurring.
Of course, if you walk smack dab into a demonstration, things can get dicey pretty fast. I’ve written a lot about situational awareness, and that mindset will serve you well. Here are some simple tips that will help you avoid injury at a protest:
1. Always be in a state of “Yellow Alert”. Yellow alert simply means being aware of your surroundings and the people around you. When people are behaving strangely, take note and avoid them.
2. Always mentally map out routes of escape as you walk along. Where’s the nearest side street? Is there a building or subway entrance that will get you off the street? If you don’t know the area, move away to where you know the lay of the land.
3. If you have to make your way through the crowd, stay on the fringes. Don’t get caught in the masses of people surging away (or towards) the violence. If you do, they are deciding your movements, not you.
4. Avoid confrontation with protesters. In other words, take off your “Make American Great Again” hat if it’s an anti-Trump demonstration. At Berkeley, things like this got women pepper-sprayed and men beaten.
5. Have a bandanna handy. This essential survival supply isn’t a gas mask, per se, but it works at riots when tear gas is sprayed. Some advocate the soaking of the cloth with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Avoid black bandannas, though; at Berkeley, organized masked “ninjas” in black caused most of the damage. You don’t want to be confused with one of these people.
6. Wear sneakers or other footwear that will allow you the most mobility. The only women wearing heals are reporters. Make sure you’re well-clothed so that your skin is protected. You’ll need to wash clothes thoroughly that have been exposed to tear gas, or throw them away.
7. Be aware of the movement of law enforcement officers, but don’t approach them. Their job is tough enough, and they won’t be able to hear you above the roar of the crowd.
Read more at Doomandbloom
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