A camping protest is....
This kind of protest is particularly useful for...
-Short shifts lower the entry barrier to contribute thus broadening the potential participant base, 1-2 hour shifts for FirstLine and 3-4 hours for the other roles works fine. Since the majority of the campers will contribute their PT effort and only a minority can dedicate FT, the articulation and facilitation of PT contributions is crucial.
Security for a camp protest is important because....
It can be divided into two categories. First line and internal.
A special crew should be positioned in between riot police and any other protester, and around the camp perimeter. This crew acts as a temporary(60 seconds) shield to the rest behind, and as an intelligence resource, they are the first to get arrested if anyone is arrested. Internal "Journalists" are desirable to be present at the shield locations with rolling video camera to deter escalation or record it as it happens.
A second special crew could be set up to deal with the little problems that otherwise would attract unwanted police/media attention.
-Kitchens become the hearts of the camp and around them all the rest is laid. One dependable person with a vehicle for each of these kitchens could then be responsible to go with the funds available to get supplies for the whole "tribe". The optimal would be to have that person be one of the people running the kitchen operation.
Be in touch with the law enforcement at the place, establish a communication line with the relevant persons. Be friendly to all LE, confuse them, (i.e. offer them coffee systematically when firstline is having coffee) Erode their capacity to hate you.
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