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How To Stay Safe While Protesting (Especially During A Pandemic)

From your clothing to how you should act and what you should avoid while protesting especially during the pandemic. #ENDSARS

The protest calling for the final dissolution of SARs in Nigeria continues to gather momentum. More people have joined in not just in Nigeria but around the globe. Unfortunately, some lives have been lost and some injured. Not forgetting that the world is still battling with the deadly Corona Virus.

As a company, we consider it our responsibility to help prevent further casualties as much as we can. Hence these tips on how to stay safe while protesting. Click To Tweet

How To Stay Safe While Protesting

1. Nose Mask

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As at 11:13 pm on the 14th of October, 2020, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) published a list of 179 new cases in the nation which brings the total number of confirmed cases in the nation to 60,834.ncdc statistics of covid 19 in nigeria

With this in mind, it is imperative that you wear a mask while protesting. The mask is also likely to protect you in the case of a tear gas explosion at the venue as well as other dust particles.

2. Carry a small bag

ariyiike dimples at the end sars protest in lagos nigeria wearing an all black outfit

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This can be a backpack or a waist pouch but ensure that you have the bag carried in front of you. In there, you can keep basic essentials such as a hand sanitizer, snacks, sunglasses, sunscreen and your phones. Please avoid carrying any contraband items that could implicate you or anyone around you. Also, leave every valuable document at home.

3. Wear an ID card

lady holding identity card

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In the case of an emergency, an identity card will come in handy. This includes in situations where the police does arrest you or, you need medical attention. As an extra tip, include the phone number of your next of kin in the ID cardholder.

4. Lie flat in case of gunshots

Should the police or anyone open fire, don’t run. lie flat and gradually crawl out of the place until you reach a secured location.

lady sleeping

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5. Stay home if you are sick

We appreciate your patriotism but your health is equally important to all. If you are sick, please stay at home. There are other ways that you can support the protests as we have listed here.

Remember, this is a peaceful protest to get the attention of the Nigerian Government to match their actions with their words. To get updates about the protest, follow @sotectonic on Instagram.

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