ANON STREET MEDIC PRIMER - Version 4
Note: THIS GUIDE IS NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR FIRST AID AND STREET MEDIC TRAINING. Use it as a reference, but do not mistake it as a substitute for hands-on experience. Seek out first aid and street medic training prior to engaging in protest action.
Street medics are not a new concept. Originally seen during the African-American Civil Rights Movement and the protests against the Vietnam War, street medics are volunteer activists who attend political actions equipped with the knowledge and inventory necessary to give medical aid to protesters and civilians in need. As social movements gain momentum and attract attention, they become increasingly likely to come up against those who would do serious violence to maintain the status quo, rather than allow meaningful change. Metropolitan police represent the most immediate physical threat to those who attempt to change the system, even via peaceful means. A demand as simple as “please stop shooting unarmed citizens on public transit platforms” can and will be met with violent resistance from the state and its police force.
Into this volatile situation, where there exists a real threat of violence perpetrated against protest movements, come street medics. This guide hopes to serve as both a basic primer for those hoping to take a medical role in situations of civil unrest.
In Kiev, Pavel, 25, a masseur, who took part in Thursday’s battle equipped with body armour, balaclava, sledgehammer, walkie-talkie, flares, and a knife, said: “We live for today. We have no idea what will happen tomorrow. We need a better life for Ukraine. For our children. This is just not normal.”
A protester comforts a wounded colleague as Egyptian security forces clear a sit-in by Morsi supporters Morsi in the Nasr City district of Cairo. Photograph: Ahmed Gomaa/AP
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Free Syrian Army fighters hold their weapons as they pose for a picture in Jobar, Damascus. Photograph: Mohamed Abdullah/Reuters
Cairo, Egypt: A streak of dried blood on the ground where supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi were killed in fighting between pro-Morsi demonstrators and Egyptian security forces Photograph: Ed Giles/Getty Images
An anti-Morsi protester points a laser at a military helicopter passing over Tahrir Square in Cairo during a mass protest to support the army Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters
Anti-Morsi protesters chant slogans during a mass protest to support the army in Tahrir square in Cairo. Many of those Egyptians opposed to the ousted president say their admiration for the army has never wavered, and that any anger was always directed at the generals in charge. In the turbulent world of Egyptian politics since Hosni Mubarak, a former air force marshal, was toppled, the military is seen as an institution that offers stability Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters
Curating Syria’s revolutionary art
The revolution established a space for ingenuity that has astounded us, the Syrians, before even making its mark on the rest of the world, and we wonder, where had all this talent in satire, art, and innovation been?
The outburst of the uprising against oppression and tyranny brought on a surge of these remarkable, latent energies, the spontaneous and the organized, in a way never before seen in all of Syria’s years marked by repression and injustice. History relays similar experiences. This project aims to archive all the intellectual and artistic expressions in the age of revolution; it is writing, recording, and collecting stories of the Syrian people, and those experiences through which they have regained meaning of their social, political and cultural lives.
(Image Credit of football pitch: Ramadan Kareem by Ammar Al-Beik)
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