Reposted and taken from: Total Freedom: Seattle Free Press
May Day’s riotous anti-capitalist demonstration was wild and exhilarating. Now let’s review some tips for keeping safe after the fact.
- Do not keep the clothes you wore at the demonstration tonight! Dispose of them securely. The police are already asking for photographs and videos in which people could be identified committing crimes. If you did anything that might have been illegal tonight, or could be mistaken for someone who did, ditch those clothes before they become evidence against you!
- Similarly, do not keep any other instrument you used to commit a crime. For example, there are already photos in the media of people breaking windows with visible, recognizable implements. Ditch those tools before they become evidence against you!
- Do not brag about rioting or other illegal activity, especially not on the internet or in texts!
- The police will be scouring Facebook and other social media looking for such boasts. If they arrest you, they will confiscate your phone and use information they find in text messages (including ones you think are deleted) as evidence against you. Resist the urge to brag to friends about tonight. This is a double-edged sword: the seductive appeal of insurrection should be communicated and spread, but be careful. For example, it may be okay to talk about being at an event or supporting what happened there, but it is a terrible mistake to claim to have thrown a bottle or to know who did.
- The police may also be looking to talk to anyone who was there to identify certain individuals as troublemakers; NEVER PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT OTHER DEMONSTRATORS TO LAW ENFORCEMENT! This is most easily accomplished by not talking to the police at all.
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