Randall Callins offers this practical advice in violent crowd situations:
- Don’t turn your back.
- In a situation of violent threat, don’t hide your face.
- Don’t run away in panic.
- Above all, don’t fall down.
- That is to say: your eyes and your face are your strongest weapon of defense.
- Keep up a clear confrontation with a potential attacker. But don’t raise the level of tension; don’t scream; don’t make further threats; just keep it steady as you can.
- Don’t get isolated as a single individual surrounded by a cluster of about half a dozen attackers. This is the configuration in photos where persons are badly beaten. Try to stay with at least a small cluster of your own side, but not in the panicky flight mode.