originally posted by: WhiteAlice
Some did learn actually. Here's footage of Occupy Oakland protesters attempting to form a shield bearing phalanx out of makeshift shields to march
forward against rubber bullets being fired upon them. Problem was they still get scattered due to the gas but hey, they tried.
I'll admit, I didn't know they tried, good on them.
However, THIS image is a much closer to a phalanx and I've NEVER seen it done this way, at any, American protest (note that nearly everyone in the
crowd is also wearning civilian grade respirators):
Here is the American version, cut-up Rubbermaid trash cans, unprotected neck gaiter and hoodies:
When it comes to effective protesting and HOLDING ground against LEO's Americans don't know squat!
But lets not get ahead of ourselves and say that they "did learn" because I'd argue they didn't. Respirators, Goggles and Safety Helemts, in that
order, should be mandatory kit for modern protests. As for the make shift shields, intended to stop rubber bullets and bean bag rounds, in the case
of the video, they are irrelevant, because first the shields are too small and second a similar effect could have been gained by duct-taping padding
all over their bodies (phone books maybe). Based on what I recommended protesters use, for protective gear, tear gas and flash bangs should be less
effective at dispersing crowds, than bean bag rounds or rubber bullets.
I understand when people run from the bean bag rounds and rubber bullets, but ALL protestors should learn to hold their ground for flash bangs and
tear gas, which requires, AT MINIMUM, bringing Respirators and Goggles with you to the protests (ear protection and safety helmets as well).
Look at these guys in Keiv, they know exactly what they are doing, they are even wearing construction hard-hats, for crying out loud:
We need more of this:
and much, MUCH, less of this:
edit on 26-11-2014 by boohoo because: (no reason given)