It’s natural and valid to be concerned about safety during a march, protest or rally. Some of us old timers who lived in the 1960s and 70s know a thing or two about protesting. My personal experience has been covering such events as a journalist.
We know that these events always carry some risks, but there are ways to prepare…whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned protester.
Thousands, perhaps even millions of American patriots are planning to attend marches at their state or the nation’s capitol on January 6th. The intent is to have peaceful protests against the overwhelming fraud carried out to steal the Election from President Donald J. Trump.
Americans want justice and will not allow Joe Biden, Deep State operatives, and foreign or domestic entities to illegally take over the country.
If protesters see anything suspicious, they should stay calm and keep an eye on the crowd.
In all state capitals and in D.C., peaceful protesters are protected by several levels of law officers depending on crowd size at each city.
You have First Amendment rights to express yourselves, unless that free speech turns into a “free-for-all.”
If you are going to the Washington D.C. march, recall the large protests that have occurred since the November election.
In late November, House Oversight Committee Ranking Members James Comer, R-Ky., Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., and Rep. Chip Roy, R-Tex sent a letter to Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, claiming her “silence” on the issue of liberal thugs beating innocent Trump marchers in their rally earlier was part of a “broader pattern of viewpoint discrimination.”
“We respectfully request a hearing on the violence directed at supporters of President Trump on November 14, 2020,” they wrote to Maloney. “These supporters were exercising their First Amendment right to peacefully assemble within the District of Columbia.”
“The failure of the city’s leaders to afford basic protections to persons who may hold different political viewpoints from their own appears to be another concerning example of viewpoint discrimination in the District.”
“Despite the violence, the mainstream media and liberal establishment were quick to minimize the seriousness of the use of violence against Trump supporters by deriding them for failing to wear masks in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, and asserting that they were infiltrated by ‘white nationalists, conspiracy theorists, and far right activists,’” they wrote.
“City leaders have remained silent on the violence,” they continued. “This growing level of violence directed at others for holding different views is simply unacceptable.”
If you are in Washington or at a state capitol, even a relatively small disaster can quickly spiral out of control. Panic alone can cause a crowd to stampede, causing a dangerous situation or providing a secondary target in the case of a terrorist attack.
Large scale events are often logistical nightmares. A person can easily be caught off-guard and find themselves in the middle of the chaos without a quick way to get out.
Here is a list that your fellow Patriots and group should consider:
Check the weather forecast and prepare accordingly.
Go with friends or in a group. If you are alone, make friends.
Have a map. Be familiar with the area even prior to your arrival. This includes not just the site of the protest, but side streets and nearby landmarks.
Roadways around the event will likely be blocked off or flooded with vehicles trying to flee the scene.
Exit routes will quickly become chokepoints, filled with panicking people who will likely make the situation even worse.
Oftentimes large venues have safety protocols in place; these protocols might not always be the safest thing to follow. You should always be looking for alternative ways out, even if everyone else is being told to go a certain direction. In the case of a terrorist attack, an attacker might look for these chokepoints in order to inflict mass casualties by attacking exits.
Where are the exit points at the venue? This is something you should know ahead of time. Also, take note of all secondary exit points where less people will be likely to head.
Jump on social media and see what people are saying about the event. What known threats have been made?
Have a meetup plan. Should something happen at the march, everyone in your group should have an evacuation plan and an area to head to when trouble starts.
Consider wearing a zippered backpack for your personal belongings to prevent pickpocketing. I’ve seen others wear a secondary pack on their stomach for extra clothes, first aid, wipes and protection.
Water isn’t just important for hydration; it can also be used to rinse out eyes or wash off skin. Wearing contacts or lotions can trap irritating chemicals.
Phones have proven incredibly useful in documenting violence at protests, and they’re an excellent way to keep in touch with your fellow protesters.
They’re no replacement for following police direction, using common sense, and leaving the area if ordered or if things get dangerous.