In an interview with Joe Rogan (the Joe Rogan Experience #221), Shane Smith said that the Pashtuns of Pakistan have a saying that translates to the following: There is a tiger above me and a river below me. I’ve heard a Spanish version of this saying which I translate as: Between the wall and the sword. And of course, in the United States we have a similar saying that describes the same sentiment: Between a rock and a hard place.
The above sayings are examples that no matter the language or metaphor people are much more a like that we like to think.
The Atlantic has a great post on a 26-page pamphlet that they have deemed an Activists’ Action Plan for the political protests in Egypt. The pamphlet has tips and advice for protesters demanding reform in their country. The pamphlet includes diagrams and tactics for dealing with the riot police and security forces.
One page includes advice on necessary clothing and accessories, such as a leather jacket or sweatshirt with a hood, garbage can lid or pot lid to use a shield, protected glasses, scarf to cover mouth, spray paint, gloves, and comfortable shoes.
Necessary Clothing and Accessories
Another page describes how to deal with riot police vehicles, such as those with water cannons use to disperse crowds. One tip is to use spray paint to paint over the windshields of police vehicles and surveillance cameras.
How to Use the Accessories
The Atlantic did not post the whole pamphlet, just a few translated page.