During mass riots, people become suggestible and extremely emotional. They can behave cruelly towards the object of hatred and cause harm even to those who have nothing to do with their ideas.
In order not to become a victim of pogroms, try to notice the flaring flames of the conflict in time and get out of the danger zone before the first stone is thrown or the first blood is shed.
Most often, the occurrence of mass riots can be predicted.
If some changes have recently occurred that have caused public dissatisfaction (for example, an increase in fuel prices or an increase in the retirement age), protests may break out in the city and unauthorized rallies may begin.
So if you realize that there is unrest on the street, or you hear that some actions are planned, stay at home or at least stay away from public places.
Unauthorized rally becomes Safe behavior in the city / EMERCOM of Russia an extreme situation even before it starts. Therefore, if you see a crowd gathering in the city, do not seek to join.
To satisfy your curiosity, ask passers-by or check the news feeds, but keep at a distance all the time in order to have time to go to a safe place at the beginning of active actions.
If you happen to be in a crowd of protesters, try to get out of it before the masses start moving. So that dense rows of people do not become an obstacle, try to use psychosocial techniques — to portray a drunk or pretend that you are sick.
Maybe this will help you get out. If the crowd is already in motion, do not try to go against it.
If you are caught in the epicenter of events with your loved ones, try to stay together — lock elbows so that you don't get pulled apart in different directions. Take the children in your arms.
If you are carried by a dense stream of people, observe How to behave when panicking in a crowd during a terrorist act / National Anti-Terrorist Committee the following rules:
Move in the flow, but try to separate yourself from the crowd whenever possible, for example, turn into an alley.
When you manage to get out of the crowd, get off the streets. Try to avoid the main avenues and squares — most often clashes with the police occur in such places.
Get home through not particularly busy streets, avoid contact with aggressive citizens. People in such a situation are capable of terrible cruelty, and until the atmosphere of madness subsides, it is useless to appeal to common sense.
Also, during mass riots, stay away from the police and intelligence officers. You may be mistaken for a participant in illegal actions and detained.
If this happens, do not try to fight back, scream or run away: so you will provoke the police to use force. Also, on the spot, it makes no sense to argue and prove that you were just passing by.
When dispersing demonstrations, the police may use chemicals that are sprayed in the air and cause irritation and pain in the eyes, mucous membranes and skin. If inhaled, such particles may Chemical means of suppressing mass riots / MSD Handbook start coughing, sneezing or wheezing. However, serious lung damage is possible only when exposed to a large amount of the substance indoors. As a rule, the negative effects go away by themselves within half an hour. Remember this and do not give in to panic.
Cover Safe behavior in the city / EMERCOM of Russia mouth and nose with a handkerchief or any other cloth soaked in liquid. Blink more often to protect your eyes. Leave the dangerous place as soon as possible, and wash your clothes at home, take a shower and wash with clean water or saline.
If blisters appear on the skin, discomfort persists in the eyes or respiratory failure occurs, consult a doctor.
If riots have started on the street, it is best to stay at home until they end. But if you absolutely need to get out, do everything to protect yourself: