Suited for Riot
Anonymity, Protection and Solidarity. Protesters have been using different types of equipment for a long time to protect themselves against dangers such as police violence, tear gas or even filming and to stand up for their actions. Several groups used white suits to protect their bodies, to be anonymous in the group and to act collectively (Disobbedienti, The WOMBATS, Ende Gelände)
The standard and technology of equipment for police and security forces is increasing rapidly. People are useing usual products to deal with direct repression on the streets and to protect themselves. In open workshops and makerspaces communities can use current technologies and tools to organize, prepare and improve their own equipment, too.
The basis of the Riot Suit is a robust Tyvek suit and other commercially available products and materials which are expediently modified and combined. The most important element is the inflatable protective unit, which is connected under the suit and activated in the exceptional situation by CO2 cartridges. The demonstrator is now protected from impacts and seems much bigger and stronger. In addition to the resulting physical protection, it provides the user with a mental boost by inflating his body shape.