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Preparation or Self defense tactics in a civic disobedience (protest) situation?

Asked by lifeflame (5790 points ) March 14th, 2011

Recently, I’ve become increasingly involved in situations of civic disobedience, where there will be confrontations with the police.

I’m specifically looking for links to comprehensive online resources – (websites, manuals) of things to be aware of in a protest situations.

But any wisdom gleaned from experience is also welcome. It can be anything; from dressing safely; to what to do when hit by pepper spray; to legal consequences; documentation, dealing with mainstream media, etc, etc…

I’d like to be as prepared as possible before entering the fray….

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incendiary_dan's avatar

http://www.zinelibrary.info has some guides on the subject. Just do a search there for things like “protest defense” and such.

Also, bring some olive oil. Something in olive oil neutralizes hot pepper oils. I don’t know if it’ll work if actual mace is used.

Edit: I just saw on your profile that you’re in Hong Kong, so that site might be blocked. I’ll see if I can PM you some useful info from zines.

incendiary_dan's avatar

@marinelife I love that the guide has a Ramona Africa quote, and a damn good one.

incendiary_dan's avatar

It’s a shame SmashTheState seems to have left Fluther, I bet he has some great resources.

lifeflame's avatar

Thanks – Hong Kong is (thankfully), a place where there is freedom of internet.
So I should be able to access any websites you guys link to.

Edit: though the more specific the links are, the more helpful it is….

incendiary_dan's avatar

@lifeflame Great! If you have some time, I also recommend Peter Gelderloos’s book “How Nonviolence Protects the State”, which I think the site I linked to has. It’s got some great points to consider in terms of protesting.

CaptainHarley's avatar

You guys on here sometimes remind me of Jerry Rubin and his “Revolution for the hell of it.”

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