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Seattle, Protest, and Tear Gas

Seattle police are prepared to use tear gas again to disperse May Day protesters. If you believe that we the people have the right to assemble, call the Seattle Police Department and the Seattle City Council members, and tell them why tear gas is a violation of constitutional rights and a danger to innocent bystanders. If you will be protesting this year, no matter the city, please stay peaceful, and help those around you. If tear gas is deployed, seek medical attention, even if you don’t feel the effects right away. It is a chemical weapon, and there is no such thing as safe use of tear gas. Please share and translate if you are able.

Sympathy for the Latest Victims of Tear Gas

On Friday, The Guardian reported the deaths of at least 37 Egyptian prisoners, who were tear gassed in a police van after being locked in for several hours in sweltering heat. Please read the original article, and share widely with friends. Tear gas is deadly, and we’ve seen time and again those who claim it is safe if used properly don’t even follow their own made up safety rules: i.e., don’t use in enclosed spaces. The perpetrators deserve to be brought to justice, as do the producers of this weapon.

Ban tear gas now!

Bahrain Watch’s Stop the Shipment Campaign

Bahrain Watch’s Stop the Shipment Campaign

Here’s a link to Bahrain Watch’s successful Stop the Shipment Campaign. I hope you’ll stop by their site and show your support!

Activism Works! Bahrain’s Supply of Tear Gas Cut Off

Activism Works! Bahrain’s Supply of Tear Gas Cut Off

“South Korean authorities announced this week that they are suspending the export of more than 1.6 million canisters of tear gas to Bahrain in response to a global advocacy campaign. South Korea joins a growing list of countries including the United States, France, and Spain that have stopped shipping chemical irritants and crowd control weapons to Bahrain.”

 

Click on the link above to read the article in full. We need to focus our efforts in the coming year if we want to eliminate the weapon all together!

From Bangkok to Kiev

Friends have written to say that right now, protesters in Bangkok and Kiev are being met with tear gas. We stand with the people: you have the right to be heard without being exposed to CS gas or any other chemical agent.

As a reminder, if you have been exposed, rinse your eyes and skin with cold water, discard exposed clothing as soon as is practical, and seek medical attention.

If you are pregnant or have other health concerns such as asthma, ask others for help, leave the area immediately and seek medical attention.

If you are able, help others who may be more prone to the effects to safely exit the area and get medical treatment.

Stay strong, stay safe.

Suzanne

Changes

Our next goal is to push the US legislature (you know, if they ever get back to work) to ban the production and distribution of tear gas. We will begin posting petition information in the coming month or two, with the idea of going live with a national petition on January 1. We will also have resources for those who want to help change policy at the state level. If you believe in the cause, please help us solidify forces. Tell your friends about http://www.banteargasnow.com and ask them to join our Facebook group. Thank you for your support!

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This link comes from Ricardo Silva, who states: “Each tear gas bomb cost for Brazilian police around US $400.00. More than some desktop computers.” Ricardo has been kind enough to share many resources related to tear gas abuse in Brazil on our Facebook Page: please show your support for our cause by liking this page on Facebook and sharing additional resources there.

Unfortunately, there has been a lot of news relevant to tear gas and its harmful effects lately, and I have been slow in updating readers. I will do my best to update this page as quickly as possible.

As always, stay safe, and keep protesting this dangerous weapon. Our hearts are with those who have been affected by the very real consequences of tear gas and government abuse.

Thank you for your support and desire to create a more peaceful and just world.

Suzanne

Update on Turkey

Tear gas is being continuously used in Instanbul, so much so that other parts of the city are being impacted.

The most telling detail of the tragedy unfolding comes from the same article: that protesters are now writing their blood type on their forearms.

There are no words. This is not right. Citizens should be allowed to speak out without harm or fear.

America: stop the sales of this dangerous weapon! US companies should not be permitted to profit from this reckless abuse of authority. More and more often, tear gas is only used to suppress democracy and protect those illegitimately in power. Stop poisoning innocent civilians!

Popular Articles about Tear Gas forget the Majority of Citizens

In the days since the Turkish protests have begun, I have come across at least two (here’s one) misleading articles in the Slate online magazine regarding the relative safety of tear gas (while still being against its use).  Both Slate articles failed to recognize the difference in effects that tear gas has on healthy young males and the rest of the population, especially women, children, the elderly, and others with compromised immune systems. The commenters also failed to recognize this fact, instead jumping to the question of if a government can’t use tear gas for unruly protesters, what can it use?

To address the commenters – Let’s set aside the obvious and often repeated fact that a government’s definition of unruly protest and the public’s definition of peaceful assembly often happen to collide. First of all, violence against your people or the people of another country should not be the go to solution. It seems as though politicians have forgotten about true diplomacy, and the fact that consensus building is not a conflict resolution tool that should only be extended to leaders of other countries with large arsenals. The people deserve to be heard before policies are imposed from above: failure to recognize the values of the governed is the key cause for “unruly” protests.

Slate is not the only magazine guilty of this failure to recognize the potential harm to reproductive health, or the health of those outside the “norm”.  Although weapons manufacturers state tear gas is safe to use, the studies relied on as proof of its safety are outdated and were not conducted on a wide swath of the population (as ethically, chemical weapons cannot and should not be tested on pregnant women) – they were conducted over a short period of time on relatively healthy male Army recruits.  By downplaying the dangers of tear gas, those who are not soldiers with access to protective gear or healthy immune systems are put at higher risk. It’s time to tell the truth. For the sake of those suffering silently, the rest of us need to speak out. Chemical weapons are not the answer.

Resource regarding Tear Gas and Turkey

Here’s a link to a great article by UK scholar Dr. Anna Feigenbaum: “What Turkey Reminds Us About Tear Gas“. Many thanks to Jeff Nguyen for sending this and other resources my way!

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