1. Know your right first and foremost. The right to assembly does not actually guarantee you that you can gather anywhere you want. Choose public spaces to limit government agents, e.g., crowd control police, from infringing on peaceful assembly. Do not assume a property is public.

  2. Dress appropriately. You will most likely be marching so wear your most comfortable shoes. It will also help you to run if there is crowd dispersal.

  3. Bring wipes and eye drops to wipe your skin or clothing clean if you're exposed to gas or pepper spray or doused with anything. Do not use oil-based cleaning solution because they make chemicals stick to your skin. Or make your own paper towels and a solution of baking soda and water.

  4. Have pen, paper and marker just in case you need to document anything like names, organisations, etc. It's also useful when you need to take down the name of police officers or badge numbers.

  5. Know when to stay and when to leave. If you're going out to enjoy your right to assemble and participate in civil disobedience or just make your voice heard, be smart and prepare properly. When the time comes to leave or obey police direction, do follow. If things get out of control, get out of the way and away from the front lines as quickly as possible. If possible, try to get indoors where you can recover and use any of the supplies you prepared. In these uncertain times, do not go toe to toe with the police. Don't antagonize them and don't start an altercation with opposing protesters cause that will make trouble for everyone.

  6. Do not bring anything that the police can interpret as a weapon if they search you. This includes swiss army knifes, multi-tools or the like.

  7. Don't bring anything illegal. You will be grouped into the thug category and others won't be able to take you seriously as a protestor.

  8. Don't bring alcohol. This is not a barbecue party.

Amalie Obusan is the Country Director at Greenpeace Southeast Asia-Philippines.