In the past few years, tear gas has become an essential element of any protest; from Rio to Istanbul, Caracas, or Athens, there is almost a mathematical certainty that sooner or later canisters of gas will flood the streets and town squares, suffocating protesters without gas masks and, in extreme cases, hitting kids in the head and killing them.
For their part, the media dwell extensively on the images of a square surrounded by a cloud of tear-gas chemicals but rarely talk about the companies that produce and sell these tools to governments, making huge profits in the process.
Anna Feigenbaum, a professor at Bournemouth University, is in the process of writing a book about how tear gas and other “non-lethal” weapons have changed the management of public order. In a time when tear gas and stun grenades are used to suppress hundreds of Brazilians outside the World Cup stadiums, Anna Feigenbaum seemed to be the most appropriate person to make a phone call to…
read the interview: noblogs.org