Hey all, I'm looking for resources on how to stay safe during protests (and let's say illegal protests/riots too). Anything that might be useful.

Submitted by Tequila_Wolf in Anarchism (edited )

e.g. How to tie a t-shirt into a mask, to how to deal with tear gas and rubber bullets and water cannons, any thoughts, tips or tricks would be great!

Also stuff like, why we wear masks etc., so we can explain why we do things.

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Mango wrote (edited )

I don't really have a guide but based on luck and experience most of the time. i have had experience in demos and riots, so all these based on actual stuff.

  • How to make LAW for treating tear gas/pepper spray: 50-50 water and (liquid) antacid (can get at any drug store over-the-counter), put it in a spray bottle. (NOTE: ANTACID IS ALSO KNOWN AS MAALOX IN EUROPE)
  • Stick to the main bloc, watch each other's back
  • Don't be a straggler, I almost got jumped by fash in one of the recently demo for this.
  • When you black bloc up you mean it, black all the way from top down, cover your tat, hair and scar, they make you identifiable
  • In summer, t-shirt balaclava HOW TO VERSION 1 / VERSION 2 (i know it's a music video, but this version is proof against getting-pulled off) is the best cuz you can drink water through it, very cool and it's hard to be pulled down
  • I usually roll with black ski mask cuz it's the hardest to get pulled down, and cover your entire face, but hot as fuck.
  • Don't get those shitty necking thing, they get pulled down easily
  • for ideal face concealment: balaclava + sunglasses or ski goggles + hoodie, cap
  • WEAR GLOVES
  • WRITE LEGAL AID PHONE NUMBER WITH PERMANENT MARKER ON YOUR ARM, every bloc has their own legal aid contact, if u just joined a bloc and didn't know, ask a comrade immediately before action.
  • don't agitate unless the main bloc does so. know the purpose of the bloc, whether u are there to smashy smashy or antifacism action.
  • when cops kettle you, stay calm and stay with your comrades, do not do anything stupid, let the cops arrest you. they'll send you to unmarked van, and to a tempo jail where you will be kept for hours for one-to-one interrogation. DO NOT TALK TO COPS, ASK FOR PERMISSION TO CALL LEGAL AID. DO NOT TELL THE COPS ANYTHING. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO STAY SILENT.
  • If you hasn't encrypted your phone, do it now. Use 5 words-strong diceware for your phone password. Wipe your phone before you go to demo. If can, carry a burner phone with burner SIM and correctly encrypted. Turn off the phone before action. YOU MUST CARRY A PHONE, IT'S FOR LEGAL AID CALLING, THE COPS WILL GET EXCUSE TO DENY YOU CONTACTING LAWYERS WHENEVER THEY COULD.
  • Install E2EE apps like Signal, Wickr and Wire on your phone. Install mesh net apps like Serval and Intercom. If you can get data for your phone, do that. Install anti-ISMI catcher app like SnoopSnitch (rooted), GSM Spy Finder (non-root), Darshak (rooted). ONLY THESE 3 APPS WORK, THE REST ARE NOT, DO NOT INSTALL AIMSICD IT DOES NOT WORK. Get apps like Notifica and Tarjimly
  • STAY HYDRATED. get protein and energy bars in your bag. CARRY A BLACK BAGPACK FOR FIRST AID, DRINK AND FOOD. MAKE SURE IT'S LIGHT ENOUGH SO YOU CAN RUN
  • you will scream, chant and communicate a lot in the bloc, drink water and get mint candy to ease your sore throat.

shit you must carry in your bag, MAKE SURE THEY FIT YOUR BAG:

  • LAW (Liquid antacid + water (50-50))
  • FIRST AID KIT + NARCAN/NALOXONE (FREE IN US/CANADA)
  • ENERGY/PROTEIN BARS
  • CIVILIAN CLOTHES
  • Ibuprofen (Advil) or ASA (both best for joint/muscle relief), TYLENOL DOES NOT HELP
  • If you have access to Codeine, stock it.
  • Permanent marker + small notebook
  • Walkie talkie (if comrades prefer this way of communication)
  • Portable battery for your phone

The ONLY IDENTIFICATION YOU CARRY (LEAVE THE OTHER AT HOME)

  • Driver license / Photo ID
  • Health card (if your country cover basic healthcare this is a must)

Things you MUST NOT CARRY:

  • Absolutely no weapons, like knife, guns, or stabbing shit, cops will incriminate you
  • Drugs, same shit
  • Unencrypted devices
  • Anything that can get you identified

REMEMBER, MOST LIKELY COPS WILL LEAK YOUR NAME TO FASCISTS VIA PUBLIC PLATFORMS. NEVER TALK TO COP. IN ADDITION TO LEGAL AID, GET YOUR OWN TRUSTED LAWYER, WRITE THAT SHIT ON YOUR ARM TOO.

I hope I covered some of the important shit.

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Mango wrote (edited )

FEW MORE THINGS:

  • HOW TO DEAL WITH FLASHBANG - If you get dazzled by concussion or flashbang nade, do not panic, stay still, if you can sit then sit but don't get trampled by other. Call out for comrades if you can. Close your eyes and let your mind adjust. Readjustment time for each person is different, but for me it took at least 30 seconds before I could even sense or see anything. Once your ears stop ringing you know your senses are back. EDIT - HOW TO KNOW IF COPS READY TO DEPLOY FLASHBANG - WHEN YOU SEE THE RIOT OR BIKE COPS PUT ON EARPLUG, TELL OTHER COMRADES IMMEDIATELY AND GET READY.

  • DO NOT PICK UP TEAR GAS CANISTER WITH YOUR BARE HANDS OR THIN GLOVES - YOU COULD GET 2ND DEGREE BURN

  • HOW TO KNOW YOU ARE BEING CS GASSED - YOU USUALLY SENSE IT BEFORE YOU SEE ANYTHING - SUFFOCATION AND COUGHING, EYES TEARED AND BURNING SENSATION, YOU MUST IMMEDIATELY LEAVE THE AREA, ONCE YOU GET OUT OF THE AREA YOU WILL IMMEDIATELY IMPROVED. DO NOT HIDE IN CLOSED VENTILATION AREA, YOU WILL CHOKE BADLY AND COULD BE FATAL.

  • HOW TO ARM LINKED - This is for the frontline comrades. Intertwine each other arms and lock at the elbows, once locked on both sides, pull your arms into your chest as hard as you could.

  • GET OUT OF THE WAY IMMEDIATE AS FAR AS YOU COULD - YOU CANNOT DO ANYTHING AGAINST MOUNTED HORSE COPS, PULL OTHER COMRADES OUT OF THE WAY IF YOU CAN. THOSE HORSE CAN AND WILL KILL YOU.

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betterletter wrote (edited )

Wow man make this it's own post and let's sticky it in f/antifa or something. Great work

Edit: may I ask why you recommend carrying codeine? Doesn't this have legal ramifications?

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Mango wrote

Codeine is powerful drug for pain relief. It works almost right away from the time you ingested. However, in Canada it's a prescription drug. In US, UK and EU, Codeine can still be bought from over the counter meds.

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celebratedrecluse wrote

Make sure not to let vulnerable people get lost during actions-- this is how people get arrested & hurt. If someone has a record, a disability of movement/pain, or anything in their situation that makes them more susceptible to the police, prioritize them before yourself.

The police disperse actions by making us feel like individuals. Don't let them.

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Tequila_Wolf OP wrote

I would like if we had a forum just on protest and riot tactics.

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Tequila_Wolf OP wrote (edited )

subMedia did a 20 second video on turning a t-shirt into a mask here.

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Cheeks wrote

Can we compile this info into a readable/printable format for the wiki if anyone is so inclined? Could prove to be a good resource for these situations as well as printable for actions.

I would also like to include that swimmers goggles and a lemon juice soaked handkerchief willl buy quite a bit of time in tear gas situations. You can store the hanky in a zip lock bag in your pocket.

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Tequila_Wolf OP wrote

Can we compile this info into a readable/printable format for the wiki if anyone is so inclined?

It'd be cool if you did this.

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MHC wrote

You don't have to attend the rally. I used to poster all over town. Which I reckoned doubled attendance! Then I would set up the speakers' podium. And when everything was ready to go, I'd leave for home!

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