The American people are angry, and rightfully so. Too many black lives have been ended by murderous cops. So, those wanting to fight for justice have taken to the streets. But we’re far from the first country to publicly protest injustice. Black Lives Matter has been doing so here for years now, but perhaps looking at what’s recently worked in other countries can further help protesters in supporting the BLM cause.
Demonstrations in Hong Kong started last year, and don’t look like they’ll be slowing down anytime soon. Pieces like this one will help break down the protest mechanisms and politics. But protestors in Hong Kong have something real to offer protestors in the U.S. and across the globe—useful tactics for dealing with tear gas, pepper spray, police vehicles, and more. All peacefully, of course.
Here are a few examples of the tactics Hong Kong protestors have employed that might be useful here in the U.S. and abroad…
Use traffic cones and bottles of water to extinguish tear gas, or if you have the means, use a leaf blower to blow away the gas. And invest in some heat-resistant gloves so you can pick up the canisters and toss them far away.
Use plastic wrap around your exposed skin to help against the effects of pepper spray, and, obviously, good googles help shield your eyes.
Plastic wrap is also good for setting booby traps against small police/military vehicles.
Bricks are being strategically placed by authorities to encourage violence, thus they can say they were provoked, or, worse, eventually declare martial law. Instead of throwing them, use these handy bricks to create roadblocks.
what to do with the bricks: set them up as barricades the way hongkong did so cop cars will have a hard time manouvering towards the people and running them over. https://t.co/iUEaIMdmEk pic.twitter.com/O3B0DdO61R
— ash // doyoung's beer🍺²⁶ (@snorlaxdoie_) June 1, 2020
Forming human chains can be an effective way to keep crowds together, and using hand signals help get supplies to where they’re needed.
Video from South China Morning Post about the hand signals used in the Hong Kong protests
People protesting in America could take some tips from cideos like these pic.twitter.com/VNcvAn3yXy
— felix⁷ | 🏳️🌈 (@gaymultistan) May 29, 2020
Umbrellas can block rubber bullets and beanbag rounds, which is great protection for those on the front lines. But you might want to bring multiple umbrellas because they can only really take a single hit.
hong kong (left) started using umbrellas during protests to protect themselves from rubber bullets and pepper spray. seattle (right), right in this moment, appears to be taking notes. revolutionary pic.twitter.com/p5sKar2GFA
— mel t (@mataylor_t) June 3, 2020
For more info, here is a website that provides a clear and organized list of Hong Kong protest tactics and tips. Also, this Reddit thread has lost of great comments on how to properly form and protest.
And this YouTube video visually rounds up most of HK’s best protest tactics: