Egyptian Police Use Tear Gas Labeled “Made In The USA”
Tear gas canisters used by Egyptian police are labeled “Made in the USA.”
According to the canister labels, the tear gas is produced by Combined Systems International of Jamestown, Pennsylvania.
The company’s web-site says it sells “non-lethal weapons” to foreign governments, without specifying Egypt.
This can have an effect on demonstrators.
Egyptians who are part of the street demonstrations told ABC News that the evidence of the U.S.-made tear gas sends a powerful signal.
“The way I see it the U.S. administration supports dictators,” said Aly Eltayeb, 26, who has participated in the protests since Tuesday.
“The way tear gas works is by spreading panic,” he said. “Your eyes tear up a lot so you can’t see, and you feel like your suffocating. You can actually breathe but you feel like you are suffocating so you try to run, but when you run you inhale more.”
Those who don’t like Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and view him as a dictator see the United States as the cash machine that has enabled him.Click here for reuse options!
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