Journalists beaten bloody and sent to the hospital simply for covering political protests.
Protesters savagely kicked and punched just for carrying an American flag.
Black-clad, masked thugs blocking traffic, threatening drivers and then chasing down and beating an old man who drove through their roadblock.
Store owners beaten to death for trying to save their life's work.
What do all these attacks have in common?
The violence was all done by Antifa.
This “anti-fascist” group was something most people had never heard of before a couple years ago.
After the 2016 elections, they started showing up at political rallies and events more than ever, making it dangerous for anyone (left, right, or center) to express an opinion in public.
Left, Right, Center… it doesn't matter, because if you're not with them, they'll attack you.
But violence at political protests, and trying to silence opinions you don't agree with by beating people with pipes and crowbars, has gone to the next level with the riots that are now rampaging across the country after the death of George Floyd.
A lot of the violence has involved Antifa getting in on the mobs.
(We know, because we've seen some of them arrested already, including one Antifa member who was escorted to the police station by his parents to turn himself in.)
And THAT gives you, the citizen defender, a real opportunity!
How To Disguise Yourself In A Riot
Obviously, the safest place to be in a riot is somewhere else.
We've talked in these emails, and on the MCS blog, about how to avoid a riot before it happens, and how to escape one if you can see the warning signs.
But when I saw just how many Antifa were involved in the rioting, recently, I realize that presents a very real opportunity for you if you get caught unexpectedly in a flash mob or riot.
Sometimes, these things happen before you realize it.
And the fact that most Antifa wear hoodies and face masks means that you can leverage stuff you already carry with you.
These days, we're all carrying face shields and face masks, right?
Well, if you do find yourself in a riot, there's no way you can fight them.
They outnumber you by hundreds to one!
So you have to outsmart them, “ninja style.”
That means, if you have a face shield or bandanna, and you can combine it with a hat (or another bandanna, or a hoodie, to cover your head)…
…you'll look just like the other Antifa rioters!
If you suddenly find yourself in a riot, then, slip on your disguise.
Raise your fist to the sky.
Chant their slogans with them.
Work your way through the crowd as if you're one of them, just there rioting along with them…
…and as they move, migrate to the edges and back of the crowd, so that when you can cut through a side street, alley, or other piece of cover, you can get clear of the mob!
What really matters is that you do your best to blend in so you can gain the time needed to sneak away.
Just remember – if police or riot control military personnel show up, they have no way of knowing you're NOT one of the rioters.
Understand that as long as you're in disguise, you're in constant danger… and get the heck out of there as quickly as you can while playing along.
It's a bold strategy, and one that might annoy you a little bit to have to pretend… but I guarantee you, it's better than trying to fight off hundreds of people who want to tear you apart!
Do what you have to, get clear of the riot, and make sure you and your family are safe.
That's all we can do, sometimes, when social chaos finds us.