3/15!

Rule #0: Rules #1 and #2 of the internet still apply. Your memes are not, at this juncture, something that the real world can appreciate. Although meme speak between fellow Anonymous is acceptable, focus on the target and keep it to a minimum.

Rule #1: Stay cool.

Rule #2: Stay cool, especially when harassed. You are an ambassador of Anonymous. Although individuals trying to disrupt your demonstration will get on your nerves, you must not lose your temper. Doing so will harm the protest and tarnish the reputation of Anonymous.

Rule #3: Comply with the orders of law enforcement officers above all else. Doing otherwise is harmful to the demonstration as a whole and may compromise your performance as a human being. Do not request badge numbers unless you are being treated in a very abusive manner, as doing so will anger officers.

Rule #4: Notify city officials. Most jurisdictions either have rules about public protests, or would prefer to be notified that they are taking place. Know the rules for your jurisdiction and abide by them.

Rule #5: Always be across the street from the object being protested.

Rule #6: In the absence of a road, find another natural barrier between yourself and the target of protest. Doing so will make it more difficult for individuals hostile to your cause to come and harass you.

Rule #7: Stay on public property. You may be charged for trespassing if you do not.

Rule #8: No violence.

Rule #9: No weapons. The demonstration is a peaceful event. Your weapons. You will not need them.

Rule #10: No alcohol or pre-drinking. Violating this rule may easily precipitate a violation of rules 1 and 2.

Rule #11: No graffiti, destruction, or vandalism.

Rule #12: If you want to do something stupid, pick another day. These should be self explanatory. Violation of these rules during a demonstration will tarnish the reputation of Anonymous, harm the demonstration itself and leave you vulnerable to attention from law enforcement.

Rule #13: Anonymous is legion. Never be alone. Isolation during a protest marks you as a target for handlers who wish to provoke an angry reaction from you and other hostiles. In keeping with this principle…

Rule #14: Organize in squads of 10 to 15 people.

Rule #15: One or two megaphones per squad. A megaphone is helpful for maintaining the overall cohesion of a demonstration and spreading your message. However, too many will confuse the public and render you hearing impaired.

Rule #16: Know the dress code. Forming a loose yet reasonable dress code for protest members will help to maintain cohesion and get the public to take you seriously.

Rule #17: Cover your face. This will prevent your identification from videos taken by hostiles, other protesters or security. Use scarves, hats and sunglasses. Masks are not necessary, and donning them in the context of a public demonstration is forbidden in some jurisdictions.

Rule #18: Bring water. A dehydrated, thirsty Anonymous is not a useful Anonymous.

Rule #19: Wear good shoes. Following these rules will assure your comfort during the demonstration. Keep in mind that demonstrations may often be quite lengthy.

Rule #20: Signs, fliers, and phrases. Have yours ready. Make sure that signs are large enough to read. Also ensure that the text on your signs and your phrases are pertinent to the target of the protest.

Rule #21: Prepare legible, uncomplicated and accurate flyers to hand out to those who wish to know more regarding the motivations behind your actions.

Rule #22: Document the demonstration. Videos and pictures of the event may be used to corroborate your side of the story if law enforcement get involved. Furthermore, posting images and videos of your heroic actions all over the internet is bound to generate win, exhorting other Anonymous to follow your glorious example.

In addition to taking photographs and video footage, Scientologists are known to follow activists after they leave a protest site.  For this reason Anonymous has compiled a number of suggestions on ways to help you stay safe.

PRE-PROTEST

– Consider changing your hair color.  It may aid in slowing down their identification of you.

– If male, consider a change to your facial hair.  If you have a beard/goatee – consider shaving it off AFTER the protest.

– Get acquainted with the area surrounding the protest-site.  Know the relative locations of Police Stations.

– Plan multiple routes away from the area – visit the area and travel along these routes beforehand at least once or twice.

– Purchase a rape-whistle or other loud sound-making device.  IF LEGAL IN YOUR AREA: Consider an air-horn as it has multiple purposes. (As well as an attention-getter if you are followed, an air-horn can be used to deter Scientologists who are harassing you at the protest.  Remember to not fire it directly at their face or ears as the level of sound from an air-horn is potentially deafening, and that is assault.  Firing a loud blast at your side however, is startling and may back them off.) . Pack these items for Protest Day.

-Look up stalking laws for your area.  Google is your friend.

-FOR THE TRULY PARANOID: Read THE GIFT OF FEAR .

PROTEST DAY

– Avoid wearing bright colors as well as anything that you wear on a regular basis.

– Consider wearing two shirts.  When departing you can either abandon the top-shirt in a safe place or merely reverse them.

– Consider taking Mass Transit or a cab to the protest site.

– If you MUST take your own vehicle – park far away from the protest site.

– If legal in your area, wear a mask.  If not legal – scarves, sunglasses and hats are your best friends.

-Be sure to cover or hide anything that could be used to specifically identify you such as visible tattoos, piercings or odd haircuts/color.

-Wear your rape-whistle underneath your clothing or keep your air-horn in your pocket.

– Travel through highly populated and well lit areas whenever possible.

– Travel quickly and with purpose but without fear.

– If on foot, keep a distance between yourself and your pursuer – your rape-whistle and/or air-horn is invaluable in attracting the attention of nearby-public to your situation.

– Take a route home that circles back on itself, being careful to observe vehicles or persons at each turn.  If one stays with you every turn, they are likely a tail

– Where possible, take a route that utilizes a long, straight stretch of freeway.  If they cannot predict when you will exit the freeway, they will be forced to stay close to you.  Consider finding a bridge or other section of freeway that splits into multiple paths at the end.

– Plan for stops at places that you do not normally visit.  Observe other persons or vehicles who stop there – if they stop at more than one of your ‘odd stops’, you possibly have a tail.

– If you determine that you are being followed CALL THE POLICE AND HEAD DIRECTLY TO THE NEAREST POLICE STATION OR POLICE OFFICER.  Do not stop, do not pass go, do not collect $200.

– Collect information on your pursuer as best you can – physical description, license plate numbers, vehicle color and make are all important facts to relay to police officers.

– Be aware of your ‘gut instinct’.  If something feels ‘wrong’ or someone seems ‘suspicious’ to you, they probably ARE.

POST PROTEST AND BEYOND

– Upon arriving at your vehicle, check the tires for damage.  There have been past reports of Scientologists letting the air out of protestors’ tires.

– Vary your routes to and from work, school or other frequently visited locations.  Be vigilant and take notice of faces and vehicles around you.

– Inform your friends, family, roommates, apartment managers and even co-workers to be on the look out for strange or suspicious individuals.  Make it clear to them that they are NOT to give out your personal information.  Insist that if anyone comes looking for your personal information that they are to take a get the contact information of the person seeking yours.

– Consider the amount of information you have put out on the internet about yourself before engaging in discussion of your protest-activities online.  Your location/the protest you attended will be a huge help for anyone trying to track down information on you.



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