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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Street Rally for Beginners guide

In preparation for BERSIH 3.0, here is a Street Rally for Beginners guide
Powerpoint presentation

Powerpoint presentation

Street Rally Guide for Beginners

What to wear
What to bring
What not to bring
How to arrive
What to do when arrived
What to do when rally begins
What to do when rally ends
What to do when encounter rowdy people
What to do when surrounded
What to do when tear-gassed
What to do when sprayed with water
What to do when arrested
What to do when brought to police station
What to do when released from police custody

What to wear

Wear comfortable clothing
- yellow T-shirts
- yellow Caps/hats/hijab
- shorts of any color
- Capris of any color
- Cargo pants of any color
- running shoes of any brand

What to bring

8 essential items
- Identity card/MyKad/Driving License for official identification only
- Sufficient cash and/or ATM card
RM50 - RM100 in paper form. No coins
- Sweets for minty fresh breath
- Salt in small packets
for quick energy & clear headedness restoration
- Damp cloth in plastic bag
preferably soaked in salt water/saline solution for when tear-gassed and/or to wipe skin when sprayed with chemicals
-Your personal medical necessities
if you do, like inhalers/diabetic pills/insulin jabs
- Pen & notepad
for necessary written documentation of information/numbers
-Camera/Video Camera
if you are bringing electronics, please bring a plastic bag to water-proof them

What NOT to bring/wear

- no student card/work pass/ID
don't reveal too much about yourself
- not too much cash and/credit card
you're not going shopping/pisang goreng stall don't accept credit cards, and there might be pick-pocketers in large crowd
- no slippers or hight heels which will prevent you from running efficiently
- no sarong/skirt/flowy clothing which will prevent you from running efficiently
- no placards/banners/political associated logos your physical presence is a strong message, there is no need to provoke or champion anything else
- no sharp or dangerous items making it easier for authorities to justify your arrest
- no cigarettes/smoking please be considerate to fellow ralliers who do not smoke

How to arrive

Inform family members & friends that you are attending the street rally.
Try NOT to drive into the city to avoid roadblocks 8i traffic jams
Study a city map to know entryi'exit points.
Take public transportation like buses. trains, LRT & rnonorail.
Prepare to walk if train stations are closed.
Arrive in groups. do NOT arrive alone.

What to do when arrived

Identify the Field Commander.
Follow ALL his instructions.
Ignore any other directives.
ALWAYS move in groups.

Walk Do NOT run or push.
Be aware of old folks {children.
Do NOT lose your bearings.
Keep an eye for escape routes.

What to do when rally begins

Stay sensible. Stay safe. Don't panic.
Do not stray from group
Report any suspicious activities
Do not provoke anyone with language/action

What to do when rally ends

Dismiss slowly, quietly and peacefully
Thank the Field Commander
Take pictures to be posted on Facebook
Tag your friends
Make sure the area is clean

What to do when encounter rowdy people

Ignore them. Do not give them a chance to make you angry or react to them
If they become aggressive, report to the Field Commander or the police
Make records of their faces if situation permits.

What to do when tear-gassed

Wet/damp your towel and cover your face
Run for cover, away from the gas/smoke
Run against the wind if possible
Do not get near the canister
Rinse your eyes with water
Eat some salt to regain clarity & energy

What to do when surrounded

If you get surrounded/kettled/corralled, DON'T PANIC!
Stay calm. Remain in position. Sit down if you're tired
Keep your spirit strong. Kettling can last for hours, depending on what time the policemen need to be home for dinner.
Do not provoke the police
Do not give up
Do not take pictures to tag them on Facebook
Do be very patient

What to do when sprayed with water

Run for cover, away from the water canon
Do not hide behind structures
Rinse your skin with water
Wipe with damp cloth soaked in salt/saline water
Do not rub salt on your skin

What to do when arrested

When questioned, give ONLY:
1. your name
2. your identity card/MyKad
3. Your address

If he asks you ANY OTHER questions, you have the right NOT to respond, but ask, "Am I under arrest?"
You are under arrest
if he say yes,
refuse to let you leave,
want to bring you to the police station
Note down his police number
Ask for the reason for the arrest
Police cannot arrest you unless they notify you of the reason
Do not resist arrest.
Do not reveal any other details
Find out location of station you will be brought to
Call or inform relevant parties

If no, um, ah,
... walk away, ignore his threats

What to do when brought to police station

Ask to see a lawyer
Refuse to answer
Say you will only give your statements in court
Give vague answers
Anything you say in the station can be used against you in court
Stay calm. Be patient
Try to recall every detail up to your arrest.
Remember faces and names of officers
Lawyers & friends are ready to help

What to do when released from police custody

Make sure all your belongings are returned
Make a police report if hurt before or during arrest
If hurt, go for immediate body check-up at a hospital
Trace every details, and tell it to your lawyer, media or voice recorder so you don't forget when you are questioned in court later
Do not be deterred by this experience

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