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The use of tear gas by the border patrol on civilians is a gloomy warning about the future of the United States

You've already seen the photo: A woman on the border between Usa and Mexico grabs two young children with their…

You’ve already seen the photo: A woman on the border between Usa and Mexico grabs two young children with their arms when they run out of a smoke movement from a can. The double girls have diapers; one is barefoot.

Pelting children seeking asylum with tear gas is quite good, Trump’s administration and conservative commentators insured the public on Sunday. “It’s natural. You can actually put it on your nachos and eat it.” The border Patrol Foundation President Ron Colburn wrongly claimed in a Fox News interview about the gas.

Tear gas is not edible, nor is it a recommended nacho topping. It is a chemical agent known as a lachrymator (from “lacrima”, Latin for “tear”) that causes eyes well, mucous membranes to burn, the throat to iron. It’s meant not only to choke, but to confuse, scare and scare. It provides a useful smoke screen for governments that want to suppress people’s movements, whether it means civilians protest against police brutality or refugees seeking sheltered ports.

History shows that governments are often quick to escalate from tear gas to more brutal and fatal attacks. 1

965, on Edmund Pettus Bridge, Alabama state soldiers shot tens of caps of tear gas cages on peaceful bourgeois protests. When the protesters screamed and choked, the tear gas provided an effective smoke screen for the police when they started club protesters with batons.

Released as an aerosol, the tear gas is impossible to contain. And as an airborne chemical agent, it does not care about the eyes, noses and lungs it meets, as an enemy’s fighter or a child is flying for safety. Inhalation of the gas – especially in confined spaces or for long periods – has been associated with long-term respiratory injury, blindness and even death. In 2011, the Chilean government forbade the police to use tear gas after a study from the Chilean University that exposure to tear gas could lead to miscarriage.

 Maria Meza, a 40-year-old woman from Honduras traveling as part of a caravan of thousands from Central America to the United States


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Maria Meza, a 40-year-old woman from Honduras, traveling as part of a caravan of thousands from Central America to the United States, goes away from tear gas with her five-year-old twin deceased Saira Mejia Meza and Cheili Mejia Meza.

No country is legally required to keep records of the use of tear gas, or the number of deaths or damages resulting from use, and authorities are not eager to release such information. The lack of information gives governments a defense to continue claiming that the gas is harmless while implicitly motivating its future use against civilians, not just as a physical agent but also a psychological. From Ferguson to Palestine, from Irvine to Syria, state forces have utilized pepper spray on civilians with nit.

The first documented use of tear gas dates back to World War I, but researchers have suggested that the subject may have developed for half a century earlier in response to the populist rebel all over Europe in 1848. In its 2017 book, Tear Gas: From WWI’s battlefields to the beaches of today the author Anna Feigenbaum writes that in the matter of the 1848 Revolution, the French government sought “a weapon that could penetrate barricades in the form of a cannon and even gun fire could not. Likewise, they needed a technique to demoralize and disorientate, break the collective spirit formed behind the barricade wall. “

The value of tear gas as an agent of fear was clear from the beginning. “Early advertisements in trading magazines sold tear gas as a security solution for home inmates, burglars, bank robberies, prisoners and especially protesters,” writes Feigenbaum in his book. “Such advertising claimed:” It is easier for humans to maintain morale for bullets than in the presence of invisible gas. “It argued that tear gas would, unlike bullets,” isolate the individual from mob-other “and make the mob” a blind stamped to get rid of the torture source. “”

The widespread use of chemical weapons During the First World War, including chlorine and mustard gas led to an estimated 1.3 million accidents . In response to this new and destructive form of war, the United States and other countries signed the 1925 Geneva Protocol (and later 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention ) which banned countries from 19459009

] But paradoxically tear gas is still legal for countries that use their own citizens. Watch almost all popular uprisings for the last 30 years, and you will see pictures like those who came out of Tijuana on Sunday. The type of tear gas rupture used is known as CS gas, derived from a chemical compound discovered by two chemists at Middlebury College in 1928. It has become the mass police control weapon and

In June 2013, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan rebelled the police to use tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons on citizens protesting against the government’s plans to bulldoze a Istanbul park to build a shopping mall. According to local news, Turkish police put 130,000 tear gas containers on protesters for three weeks. The violence killed five people and left thousands injured.

CBP data indicate that border patrol agents used tear gas 126 times since fiscal year 2012. However, the exercise has been intensified under President Donald Trump, who has begun to use mortal power

Three months after the first protests, the Turkish Medical Association found that 39 percent of the protesters were still affected by health effects deriving from their exposure to tear gas, including skin irritation, dizziness and balance problems. The same report found that at least 11 people had lost an eye because they smashed in the face with a tear gas container or plastic balls.

In 2014, tear gas synonymous with protests in Ferguson, Missouri, during the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown Jr. In a nu-iconic picture, protester Edward Crawford, with an American flagstroke, threw a tear gas container back at the police (Crawford, 27, found death in his car last year, from what the police say was a self-injured shotwind.)

The placement of tear gas on the border is not a new phenomenon. Customs and Border Guard Data indicate that the Border Guard used tear gas 126 times since the fiscal year 2012. However, the exercise has been intensified under President Donald Trump, who has requested the use of “mortal force” if necessary to hold asylum seekers outside. The call represents an opening volley for the government’s intention to steer people with pure power and mislead anyone who opposes government’s agenda. Around the world, the arguments used by governments to motivate the teargas on civilians are the same. They start by arguing that tear gas is harmless and ends up claiming that civilians armed with stones and bottles represent as much threats as soldiers who work full military force behind them. When government leaders further escalate their response, citizens are chosen to accept the default operating procedure. A photo shared by NBC News, Maria Meza, the Honduran woman seen in now famous photo with his children holds one of gas containers used for refugees at the border. The captain appears to have been produced by Defense Technology a Jacksonville-based weapon producer owned by the Safariland Group. The United States is the leading manufacturer of tear gas.

“In summary, Safarilands mission statement reads” We save lives. “

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