Protests have been happening around Nigeria in the bid to end SARS and police brutality. While protesting, it is very important to stay safe, because peaceful protest can easily get out of hand. Here’s how to stay safe while protesting:
-Don’t go alone, never ever go alone, if you can, go with a group of friends, or at least go with one friend who knows you well
-Don’t put vaseline, mineral oil, oil-based sunscreen, or moisturizers on the skin as they can trap chemicals. Also, avoid the use of oils & lotions because they can trap the chemicals and thereby prolong exposure.
-Don’t wear contact lenses, which can trap irritating chemicals underneath
-Gas masks provide the best facial protection against tear gas. Alternatively, goggles, respirators, or a
wet bandana over the nose & mouth will help.
– Wear comfortable, protective shoes that you can run in and shatter-resistant eye protection (i.e. sunglasses, swim goggles, or gas mask)
-Wear clothes that cover all your skin to protect from the sun, tear gas, and pepper spray exposure. But do not wear things which can easily be grabbed (i.e. jewelry, ties, loose hair)
-Wear your mask and carry an extra mask with you. Also, carry around hand sanitizer and alcohol-based wipes, remember there’s still COVID-19.
–If you’re detained, not having your ID on you might keep you stuck for longer, this isn’t always the case but take your ID with you just in case.
-Just like your phone can leave digital breadcrumbs indicating your whereabouts, using your debit or credit card will make it easier for the authorities to track your movements. Instead, bring cash.
-Write emergency numbers down just in case you misplace your phone or the police take your phone.
-If there any drugs you need to take, please take them with you. If you’re asthmatic, do not forget your inhaler
-Film or write down police actions, brutality, and injuries
-If you sense any danger around you, alert people and leave the place immediately.
By: Dammy Eneli
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