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Videos: How to defend yourself from Basijis and riot police

Here’s a five-part video by an Iranian martial arts master on how the ordinary citizen can learn basic moves to defend against the regime’s thugs. The videos include what to do if grabbed from behind, if being attacked with a […]

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Video: How unarmed civilians can stop a Basiji motorcycle assault

This video isn't a "how-to" demonstration, but it is posted here to show how easy it is for unarmed civilians to attack their Basiji attackers. The video was posted

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How to disguise your IP address

DON'T USE MICROSOFT INTERNET EXPLORER AS YOUR BROWSER! IT IS FULL OF SECURITY HOLES THAT THE REGIME CAN USE TO TRACK YOU. Download the Firefox browser and follow these

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How to keep your computer information away from the regime

The regime is not only out to censor your communications and hack your websites - when it comes after you it will use any data it can find

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How to make smoke grenades

Smoke has an important psychological effect as part of political expression and protest, as well as defense against attack by regime forces. The regime uses smoke grenades to frighten

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How to defend yourself against tear gas

With Iranian authorities increasingly using tear gas against democratic protesters, it's important to know how not to be afraid, and how to defend against its

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How to swarm a Basij motorcycle

The Basijis are trained to use several motorcycles at a time to intimidate, harass, round up, and beat pro-democracy protesters. You can beat them if you are organized in

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How to make and use shields to defend from Basij attack

Shields are easy to make, but different situations call for different types of shields, as well as different ways to use them. For example, certain types of shields

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How to make a ‘flip wire’ to stop a Basij motorcycle

Another way to ambush a Basij motorcycle and disable both the machine and the driver is to stretch "flip wires" in the motorcycle's path. This method works best if

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How to protest intelligently and fight riot police (Egyptian manual)

Our friends in Egypt drew up this handy manual titled "How to Protest Intelligently and Fight Riot Police." The 26 page guide, published in Arabic, describes basic techniques