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What to Do When Stuck in the Middle of a Riot

>> Jul 29, 2017

Throughout the years, a large number of news showed incidents of violence. They are on the streets, within homes, and even in well-known peaceful places such as Paris. The thing is – violence has become constant – with people fighting for their own ideologies and principles in the form of anger. And though there may be peaceful protests, you cannot always determine the flow of the activity; hence, it is important to prepare for surviving riots.

Should the unwanted happens – which is being stuck in the middle of a riot – you should remember these tips:

#1 Know your area. Being familiar with your place helps a lot in so many ways, which includes being stuck in a riot. But before that even happens, it’s best to walk around your area to collect information on every street, back alley and dead end that you have in your place. If you’re commuting, it will also be helpful to know the area where you work and the different routes you could use to go home. Of course, also look for escape routes and safe areas you could run to, to secure safety. After gathering all these information, make sure to mark those key points on a map to record them.

#2 Do not panic. This is actually the best piece of advice you could use in case you’re stuck in the middle of a riot – do not panic. Keep your emotions in check as being afraid will only make you part of the ‘establishment’ that rioters hate.  Instead, keep your head down to avoid confrontations with the rioters and remember to walk at all times to avoid attracting unwanted attentions especially with the police that could mistake you for a threat.

#3 Blend in. If you haven’t found a way to escape the crowd, make sure to blend in. Remove any signs from your clothes that could make the rioters think that you are not one of them or at the very least, cover yourself. But while it is important to escape from the rioters, it is also important to look innocent in the eyes of the police to avoid getting arrested.

However, if someone from the rioters try to converse with you – make sure to mirror what they tell you so as to sound like you’re one of them. Just go with the flow, and… find your way out.
#4 Avoid direct interaction with the police. Although in your eyes, you are just someone who’s caught up in the riot – to the police, you are a probable threat. As frustrating as that may sound; you can’t cross the line and ask for their help.

#5 Be alert. Always keep an eye on your surroundings to avoid sudden attacks. It may possible, even within the crowd of the rioters – thus, watching people’s body language will help you know what to do next. Plus there’s a huge chance that you will be able to escape the riot unharmed.

Key Takeaway
With all these tips considered, it is important to realize that to survive a chaotic situation – it is important to start with yourself: prepare no matter how impossible it may happen to you, keep calm if it does, and stay alert to further avoid harm.

About the Author:
Laurel Santos may be a 24 year old adult but at her core she is just a little girl full of wonder. She lives in the city and works as a freelance photographer in the Philippines. She manages a small pet shop inside her village. She has a big heart for animals, especially stray dogs. She is an avid traveler because she believes that life is not lived within the borders of your own home.  Despite her busy schedule she always finds time to do one thing that she is very passionate about and that is writing.

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