There are simple, inexpensive ways to protect one's self against the weapons used by the enemies of freedom. I'll start by listing a few, cheap methods of dealing with CS gas, CN gas, and other common "crowd control" weapons. CS and CN gas (Tear Gas). A good writeup on dealing with gas can be found here: How to Deal with Tear Gas@Everything2.com Carry air-tight goggles (swimming goggles are good) to keep gas from getting in your eyes. Carry several vinegar or lemon juice soaked rags in a plastic bag. When CS or CN gas is used, breath through one of the rags. One rag will only work for a few minutes, and do not try to reuse them. Blunt weapons (rocks, sticks, batons, bean-bags or rubber bullets) Carry a large, sturdy wooden sign with slogans or pictures on it. Use it as a shield to protect both yourself and fellow protesters. Several shields can be used to form a wall to protect retreating protesters, or slow an enemy attack. Make sure the handles are on the back, to keep your fingers from being smashed or hit. Wear protective clothing (if it is not too hot -- evening or morning are good times) Padded clothing, several layers of clothing, or sports equipment (protective pads) are good. If anyone has anything to add or correct, please do so.