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BuzzFeed Posts Tips for Protesters: ‘Don't Wear Makeup Because Tear Gas Can Stick to It,’ ‘Bring a Burner Phone’

By Craig Bannister | June 2, 2020 | 4:43pm EDT
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“One of their recommendations is to bring a ‘burner phone.’ You know, like drug dealers and terrorists use,” actor James Woods tweeted in reaction to a BuzzFeed article providing “tips” for protesters who want to avoid police identification and protect themselves if they’re hit with tear gas.

“If you are worried about the possibility of being tracked by law enforcement… turn off Face/Touch ID on your phone, or bring a burner phone, BuzzFeed’s ‘19 Tips For Anyone Who Plans On Protesting’ advises.

You should also “walk, bike, or use public transportation” if you want to avoid being tracked by police, BuzzFeed says.

Cover your face and “wear clothing that covers tattoos, discernible scars, and birth marks that could be used to identify you,” the article recommends. Wearing clothing that doesn’t contain logos and writing is another anti-identification tip.

Bundle up, but “Don't wear makeup because tear gas can stick to it” and “Don't rub or touch your face if you come in contact with tear gas, mace, or pepper spray because it will worsen the effects,” BuzzFeed  advises, adding that protesters should also avoid wearing contacts or touching their faces.

Wear comfortable shoes that are easy to run in – but, keep emergency contact information handy “in case of emergency of arrest,” BuzzFeed cautions.

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