Dress for Success
...or, "What I wore to the Riot"
when the Festivities were unavoidable
A primer for Preppers, Survivalists
and Trump Rally attendees
I am stating up front that I was in a riot at Guantanamo Bay (Operation SEA SIGNAL) back in 1994. I was a impromptu radioman at the time (who wants to carry the PRC-77 for the 2nd LT today? OOhhh! I will! Poof... yer a radioman). The "migrants" were throwing a regularly scheduled riot to draw attention away from their escaping comrades who would try to slither through the staked concertina rolls and I found myself in the middle of a hail of sizeable rocks. Thank God for kevlar helmets and riot face shields! It was chaotic. Adrenaline holds off the pain of impact until later. As having been through that and working to subdue a few such other events, I bring to you my opinions on the subject of riots.
Russel Crowe in "Gladiator"
If you are in a group (you are in a group, right?), stay together at all times. Keep accountability of each other. Everyone in said group needs each other's support and cell phone number. Don't get left behind! Don't dawdle! Don't be that person left on the sidewalk by herself to get beaten and pelted with missiles. You have a family to go home to, make sure you can do that at the end of the day.
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All that being said, if there is some expectation that you may cross paths with a riot or the event you are at may be targeted by rioters... maybe you want to reconsider what you are doing. However, if go you must, here are some pointers from experienced rioters on how to dress for success at the next riot and prevent much of the injury that could befall you.
A review of the literature is summarized here for you information only. Places you may want to go to read the available manuals are here, here (arabic version of first) and analysis of same... and here is a Denver PD document on Police tactics that you may see and need to understand.
Here is an academic paper on social media use in protests. It is instructive to get inside the mindset and training of the protest groups so that you can understand what they have been taught, how they think and how they are organized. For that, I direct you
here (youth activism manual)
here (skeptical activism campaign manual)
here (animal liberation front)
here (Anon riot guide)
and here (crimethinc guide to organize an insurrection).
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You can also begin by educating yourself on how to identify people who may be a risk to you, your family and your organization. My previously published review of "Wolves among the Sheep" discusses a well organized resource for laypeople beginning the process of human intelligence analysis and tools for screening and vetting individuals, as well as understanding the foundations of terrorism, riots and spree killers and tools to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Wear a white shirt. Your blood photographs better on the light background and will make it easier for your lawyer to civilly sue the bejeezus out of your attacker(s). This is also a good way to ensure good propaganda value for any blood spilt.
Wear loose clothing that is comfortable. These Dickies brand work trousers have double knees in them and if they get trashed, they won't break the bank. They come in a multitude of colors, I use khaki here because it shows best in this format. I'd probably go with the chocolate brown, silver or dark navy. I'd get a good, wide leather belt or "rigger's belt" to go with that. You don't want to look like a fool such as those that wear pants at full sag. You run slower with saggy pants and will get hurt. I have pants like this that I wear in my itinerant career that work nicely. Carhartt makes similar ones.
Shin guards that cover the instep are invaluable. Really good guards cover the sides of your ankles. This is why you wear loose fitting trousers. Keeps it all more low key. Not much takes you immediately down like an instep stomp. Protect thyself.
Boots. Wear them. Get something with a steel or composite toe. You want ankle support. Tie them up right and tuck the laces away, you don't want to have to mess with an untied boot under stress. These boots from Reebok have a composite toe (fiberglass-like) and meet ASTM F2413 safety standards. Riots are not the time to have sandals or tennis shoes on your feet. Just think about the last time you stubbed a toe, ripped off a toenail or stepped on legos at 0300. Then ask yourself if that is too much to pay for boots. Your feet, your life, your choice.
Gloves. I recommend wearing decent work/mechanics gloves. If you fall, you will rip up your hands bracing for impact. Wear gloves, they will also keep substances off your skin. They keep your hands clean, your manicure intact. Gloves are well worth your time, even if you go for something basic. Higher cost usually means better protection, materials and dexterity, though. They give you much better grip as well.
Eye Protection is mandatory. Get something with some side protection that is impact rated. God gave you two eyes... keep them. It will also prevent degenerate 3rd world scum from spitting into your eyes and infecting you with God knows what. It also gives you a fighting chance if riot control agents are getting sprayed.
A helmet. Helmets are important for warding off blows. Rioters are less likely to punch you in the head if they have to hit a helmet. It also helps you shrug off reasonably sized rocks (as I found out in Cuba). A motorcycle helmet is inconspicuous and incorporates several features, but can limit peripheral vision and hearing.
A small backpack. These are good to keep a "camelbak" water system in. Riots use up lots of energy and water, so have some on hand. May also want to put some hydrogen peroxide in there to irrigate cuts/scrapes, or wash off "fluids". A bottle of saline is also good in case you need to wash your eyes out.
A Gas Mask is de rigeur. You may have to face riot control agents, clouds of CS gas and the like. As it is not specific in target, a cloud may waft over you and make you miserable.
The first rule of surviving a riot is to NOT BE IN ONE. See and avoid. Anticipate your enemies actions. It is your moral duty as a citizen of this Republic to not engage in riots or to have your head up your butt and be oblivious to the mortal hazard they present. If you find it unavoidable or of high probability (do your own mission analysis), you should dress for the party. You can spare yourself and maybe help other innocents who just did not get the memo to safety.
While in the vicinity of a riot, it is good propaganda practice to get a lot of images. Propaganda images can be sold to the media at a tidy profit, as we are all journalists now. The barriers for entry are so low, even I have become one. Maybe I should even power point up some "PRESS" credentials, they'd be as legit as ABC/CBS/CNN's anyhow. Just google "press credentials" to see what real ones look like.
Being physically fit will always be an advantage, and you may enjoy reading my previously published review of "The Naked Warrior", a highly rated physical strength and stamina training plan written by a former Soviet Special Forces instructor you can begin in the privacy of your own home, using only your own body as "equipment".
You may also enjoy reading my previously published posts "Baltimore, Foco Theory and Contemporary American Urban Unrest", "The Red in the streets of Chicago" and Trump, Chicago and Rahmbo which confirmed that the riots/unrest are a planned event with the support of Progressives at the helm of local governments.
Written by StopShoutingBlog contributor and #FAB50 Blog Award Winner Partyzantski, coolest cat on teh inner webs, retired Mustang, former FID embedded military Advisor, SASO trainer and scenario developer, Electronic Warfare Aviator, PME instructor, certified Force Protection and Anti-terrorism officer and combat seasoned USMC (0202) field grade intelligence officer. When not blogging or maintaining weapons proficiency at the range, he enjoys cat herding and travel to off-the-beaten-track locales.
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