I’m going to a protest. What do I need to know?
Question & AnswerI’m going to a protest. What do I need to know?
1. Think about what to wear and what to bring
Avoid wearing a mask when attending a protest, except for health reasons such as during COVID-19. It's not a crime to wear a mask. But it is a crime to wear a mask or disguise yourself while doing something illegal. For example, it's a crime to wear a mask while taking part in a riot. Even if your protest is legal, if you're wearing a mask and the legal protest changes into an illegal one, then you're more likely to be .
If there's a chance the protest could become chaotic or violent, wear comfortable shoes and clothes that let you move quickly. Long sleeves and pants can help prevent injury.
What to bring
Things you may want to bring include:
- water and snacks
- earplugs for when the protest gets loud
- enough cash to get home
- pen and paper, to help remember details of specific incidents at the protest
- protective goggles and gloves, in case of tear gas
- essential medicine; if there's a chance you'll be arrested bring enough for 3 days
- ID, such as a driver's licence, in case the police ask for it
What not to bring or wear
Things you should not bring or wear include:
- anything containing sensitive or private information
- illegal drugs
- weapons or items that may be considered weapons
- contact lenses, as they may trap tear gas in your eyes
- makeup, as tear gas may stick to your face
Cell phones can be helpful to stay connected. Use a secure communication app such as Signal.