Cleveland, Ohio will be hosting the Republican National Convention in July. Seems like the city is expecting a bit of a rumble – and that’s not even counting the tumult which would ensue from a brokered convention (even though RNC chair Reince Priebus says there’s only a very teeny, tiny chance that will occur. Riiight).
In any event, Cleveland has a $50 million security grant for the convention burning a hole in its pocket civic pocket and is going on a shopping spree for 2,000 sets of riot gear, including riot-control suits and collapsible batons. In addition, the city is looking to rent about three miles of interlocking steel barriers, each 3.5 feet high, and buy another 3,250 feet of interlocking barriers that each would be 6.5 feet tall.
Around 50,000 visitors are expected for the convention, and as part of its security plan, Cleveland is recruiting officers to grow its existing force of about 1,200 to 5,000.
Cleveland isn’t the only entity planning in advance. Shortly after its plans were made public in this article, a leading Black Lives Matter organizer instrumental in the Ferguson riots posted a handy guide for the well-dressed rioter — in English and Arabic.
The guide comes from a 26-page pamphlet originally produced in Egypt in 2011 to assist protesters seeking the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak.Under the title “Necessary Clothing and Accessories” the guide has the following helpful suggestions:
The guide was posted by Ashley Yates, who uses the handle @BrownBlaze on Twitter. Breitbart says Yates is a prominent protest organizer in the Black Lives Matter movement and an advocate for violence.
• Sweatshirt or leather jacket with a hood. This helps shield your face from teargas.
• Spray paint so that if the authorities attack us, we can spray paint the visors of their helmets and the windshields of their armored trucks, blocking their vision and hindering their movement.
• Protective glasses. (Can be bought at any metalworking or paint shop.)
• The lid of the pot. You can use this shield when the state security beats you or shoots rubber bullets.
• Scarf to protect your mouth and lungs from teargas.
• Thick rubber gloves in order to protect your hands from the heat of teargas containers.
• Shoes that make it easy to run and move quickly.
Is Yates’ post just a tweak at all the “Islamophobes” out there or an open invitation to activists with a completely different agenda? We’ll have to wait ‘til July to find out.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]