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Personal Protest Wear

What's a fashionista to wear to a neighborhood protest? I mean, if you've ever had to find a jacket that matches a Molotov cocktail, then you'd understand the fashion dilemma.

Well, the Man may still be a force to be reckoned with, but fashion faux pas is no longer an issue with this: C.O.P. Suit, a personal protest wear by Elena Gianni, Benoit Espinola, and Ulrik A. Hogrebe, students of the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design:

Life can get messy when you don’t see eye to eye. For the easily disgruntled, the C.O.P. suit aims to be both armor and mode of disruption, offering not only protection but also a means of voicing your discontent. Inspired by the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, the “personalized protest wear” is also completely self-powered. It uses kinetic energy from common protesting gestures (fist pumping, chest thumping, baton swinging) to power the built-in megaphone, making rioting “hard on the ears, but easy on the conscience,” according to its inventors.

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Well, you wouldn't normally step out wearing something like that unless you were expecting something.

I don't think we'd see a lot of these fancy suits out there, even if they were readily available. All you really need for a good protest is a bag of weed to share with your protestor friends.
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This is cool in an oldschool cyberpunk sort of way, but given that much defensive gear can get you arrested at a protest because it indicates you came there planning on violence (at least here in Toronto).
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