Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Do & Don't for the Bersih Rally

Many of my friends are going for Bersih Rally 428. However, please read this before you go. Following is the information that I receive from my colleagues or maybe quoted from Bersih website. Anyhow, I hope this info will help and protect yourself during the rally.

Essentials:

  1. ID
  2. water (as much as you can carry. this is for you and your friends to drink, for irrigating eyes and wounds, for cooling off. it's worth its weight--bring lots)
  3. Cheap phone. 
  4. Paper and pen, in case you need to write information
  5. Handkerchief / bandana
  6. Cheap watch
  7. Bring small first aid kit but leave anything that can be viewed as a weapon (scissors, blades etc)
  8. Medication (if you require it)
  9. Menstrual pads (if needed). Avoid using tampons--if you're arrested you may not have a chance to change it (tampons left in more than six hours increase your risk of developing toxic shock syndrome)
  10.  Tissues (for nose bleeds)
  11. Clean shirt in plastic bag (to change into if you get heavily gassed)
  12. Sweets (good for raising blood sugar – in case of skipped meals)


What to wear

  1. Comfortable, protective shoes that you can run in
  2. Clothing which covers most of your skin to protect from sun and pepper spray exposure
  3. Shatter-resistant eye protection ie: sunglasses, swim goggles
  4. A cap or hat to protect you from the sun and from chemical weapon

What not to wear

  1. Leave valuables and jewelry at home.
  2. Don't put vaseline, mineral oil, oil-based sunscreen or moisturizers on skin as they can trap chemicals.
  3. Don't wear contact lenses, which can trap irritating chemicals underneath.
  4. Don't wear things which can easily be grabbed (i.e.: dangly earrings or other jewelry, ties, loose hair)

Remember

Don't go to the demo alone if you can help it. It is best to go with an affinity group, or some friends who knows you well.


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