A helpful guide to protesting safely

What to wear:

  • Comfortable, protective shoes that you can run in.
  • Shatter-resistant eye protection (ie. Sunglasses, swim goggles)
  • Weather-related gear (ie. Rain gear or sun hat)

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What to bring:

  • Lots of water in a plastic bottle, to drink
  • Energy snacks
  • A small medi-kit with bandages, plasters, tape etc.
  • Just enough money for pay-phone, food, transportation.
  • Watch, paper, pen for accurate documentation of events, police brutality, injuries.
  • Inhaler, epipen, insulin or other meds if applicable.
  • Several days of prescription medication and doctor’s note in case of arrest.
  • Menstrual pads, if needed. Avoid using tampons - if you’re arrested you may not have a chance to change it (tampons left in for more than six hours increase your risk of developing toxic shock syndrome)

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What not to do:

  • Don’t wear things that can easily be grabbed (ie. Dangly earrings or other jewellery, ties, loose hair)
  • Don’t go to the demo alone, if you can help it. It is best to go with an affinity group or some friends who know you well.
  • Don’t forget to eat food and DRINK LOTS OF WATER.
  • Don’t drink alcohol before a demo.
  • Don’t take drugs before a demo or carry them with you. This includes cannabis.
  • Don’t bring any ID, if possible.

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What if I or someone I know gets arrested?

Call the NLG! Write this number on your body, somewhere that is covered by clothing:


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