Statement from AANC: Tips for Dealing with Protests
As an association, we know our greatest strength lies in our diversity. We are committed to a membership community that is inclusive, diverse, and tolerant. These unsettling times have resulted in civil unrest and mass demonstrations across the country. As people seek answers and change, we hope that whether you engage, observe, or disagree, you do so safely and peacefully.
Any time there is an opportunity to ask ourselves the hard questions about the beliefs that are entrenched in our culture, we must seize it, and explore how we can become better citizens and stewards for one another. As we navigate the latest crisis, we are aware of the potential dangers associated with mass demonstrations and we have provided this resource to aid our members in the crisis management planning process. We are made better by the diversity that exists within our association and are proud to support our members as they provide a vital service to people of all backgrounds and beliefs.
How to navigate Mass Demonstrations
- Keep abreast of current news for regular updates of growing demonstrations and the organizers.
- If you are participating in demonstrations, mask wearing is highly recommended to prevent the spread and contraction on COVID-19.
- Before you go out, establish where the demonstration takes place, and plan accordingly.
- If you are going to an area experiencing a demonstration, be aware of road blocks that may impact your route.
- Timing is important, peaceful demonstrations are traditionally orchestrated during the day. If located near demonstrations be mindful that evening demonstrations have a higher risk of danger.
- Be prepared to encounter large crowds.
- Do not insight or antagonize demonstrators.
- Protests typically sweep past in a short span of time.
If you find yourself unintentionally amid Mass Demonstrations
- Keep to the edge of the crowd where there is the least amount of activity and safely proceed to your destination.
- If the demonstration is moving, simply wait for the crowd to pass.
- If you are arrested by the police/military, do not resist. Go along peacefully and contact a family member to assist you. If you have no family member or close friend that can assist, please contact your immediate supervisor to seek assistance.
- If you are caught in the middle of a crowd, move to the edge of the crowd and wait for the crowd to pass.
If a riot breaks out in front of your apartment building
- Do not leave the building or go into the street.
- Contact your supervisor and advise them of your situation and whereabouts.
- On hearing gunfire or explosions outside, stay away from the windows. Do not be tempted to watch the activity from your window. Draw the curtains or blinds to prevent shards of broken glass entering.
- If you are in an area that has doors or windows opening on to the road side of the property, ensure that all windows and external doors are closed and locked.
- Go to an inside room which will provide greater protection from gunfire, rocks or grenades.