THERE ARE MANY REASONS to participate in a protest. Maybe you need to let your government, or a company, or someone know that you disagree with what’s going on. Or maybe like me, you’re a photographer and writer, and you just want to get out there and document the happenings. If you’re foreign-based, like I am, the US government advises against participating in other countries’ protests, but you probably already knew that.
Here are some tips to keep safe at protests, based on my last three months covering many (occasionally violent) protests in Santiago, Chile, in our case based around the student demands for educational reform. I’ve also groupsourced from people in the field, taking time to ask a few questions from people with more experience than I have and learned from several painful mistakes.