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At least 30 people have died in the latest protests since the weekend, how many of these suffocated in clouds of cyanide laced gas is unclear. One thing is clear 'the source of these tear gas canisters and other non-lethal weapons.'They are being sold directly by the United states.
Al Jazeera’s Mike Hanna, reporting from the Egyptian capital, said: "There have been repeated rounds of tear gas fired here. It is a particularly virulent form, stinging the face to an immense extent. "Many of those who have been killed are said to have died of asphyxiation. "Medical workers say the conditions of those brought in is serious, many with symptoms they have not seen before from tear gas inhalation. "Speaking to Al Jazeera, Khalid Hamdi, staffing a make-shift clinic in Tahrir square, said: “We've seen many faintings and we'd never seen that before. "About 70 per cent of the injuries are fainting. People are coming in with asthma, convulsions sometimes - this wasn't often before."
The hypocrisy and double standards shown by the US government in this situation are just appalling, on the one hand they support the people of Egypt in fighting for democracy, and then allow american companies to sell weapons that are apparently being used to kill them? I think a lot of questions need to be asked about what is going on in Egypt and the united states role in supplying its millitary with weapons they are turning on peaceful protesters.
US government agencies, the departments of state and commmerce in particular, regulate the export of tear gas and other non-lethal weapons by granting export licenses allowing US manufacturers to sell tear gas to foreign buyers. Two US companies have been identified as major exporters of the devices: Combined Systems Inc and NonLethal Technologies Inc, both based in Pennsylvania.
Originally posted by redrose123
reply to post by Atzil321
This reminds me of the protests in the 1970"s. The US NAtional Guard was caught using tear gas that was banned to be used in war. However they had no problem using it on American citizens as they protested in American streets. The people who lived in the neighborhoods minding their own business in their own homes were the ones who suffered the most.