Thousands of dollars of damage and a hundred or so arrests later, they all went home when the rain got too bad. In Seattle. What a bunch of candy … nevermind.
In any case, it brings on a good question … how do you deal with riots and civil disturbances?
The best answer is … don’t. Avoid them, and be aware of what’s going on in your area. Don’t be there when the stuff hits the fan. I knew that today would be a hairy day in Seattle so I stayed away.
But that’s not always an option. Sometimes these things just creep up on you.
So if you find yourself in this sort of a situation, the best thing to do is figure out the closest way out and take it. You really don’t want to get mixed up in it, and you definitely don’t want to have the authorities decide that you’re part of it.
If you’re on foot, moving perpendicularly away from the main crowd’s path is a good place to start. Find a side street and take it. Walk, but move quickly. Knowing and understanding the area you’re in is critical.
Stay away from public transportation, busses, train stations, and so on. Not a good place to be.
If you are in your car, promptly get as far away from it as you can by whatever means necessary. Drive slowly if necessary and don’t stop until you get there.
Depending on the situation, stepping in to a bookstore or something like that may help. Most of the time the rioters just throw bricks through windows, so if you’re farther in the back you’ll be ok.
Whatever you do, don’t be in the crowd. That’s where you get fun stuff like tear gas, water cannons, and other entertaining things. Stay on the sides until you can escape off to one side. And whatever you do, stay out of tunnels or anything like that.
Having a bottle of water to wet down your shirt will help make it a makeshift filter to protect you from some types of tear gas.
But the bottom line …. Stay the heck away.