Preparing for widespread civil unrest

The post title mentioning ‘civil unrest’ sounds a little dramatic doesn’t it?

However, I am not sure if it is or not. 

The U.K. is going through a period of great change and whenever change occurs, there are winners and losers.

Since the referendum of 2016 we have been hearing a lot from the losers and since the latest ‘deal’ has been announced, it seems to be roundly condemned from all sides.

However, what will happen in the future? Like the great Y2K flap, much is being made of the change in supply chains. All sorts of scare stories are being circulated for political advantage and the general public is being manipulated via the media. 

Whilst I hope the next year or so turns out to be the non-event that Y2K was, I am putting in a few preparations to mitigate their effect, just in case.

Hope for the best. Plan for the worst.

It’s a straight forward mantra about planning for the worst but what would that actually look like.

If hearsay and rumours are anything to go by, (and many times they are not), we could be faced with widespread civil unrest. In past outbreaks, the Police have become the primary target, but targets of opportunity always present themselves and looters will target commercial premises and shops. Seeing people half-running down the street carrying TVs in boxes tend to be a common image. Also when it comes to banks and global brands, causing damage for the sake for causing damage, is also a feature of civil unrest. Whilst rocks, fireworks and bottles are thrown at the Police, other smaller groups will break off to carry out their looting.

Running street battles can form between those rioting and the Police trying to regain control of the area. These can be quite fluid and grow, shrink and move, depending on the action at street level. Random attacks on passing traffic and this was seen in graphic detail during the riots in Los Angeles following the Rodney King beating. No matter where in the world widespread civil unrest occurs, one factor remains, innocent people will be caught in the crossfire.

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