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article imageTurkey to domestically produce tear gas due to embargo fears

By Paul Iddon     Sep 29, 2013 in Politics
Turkey may be domestically producing the tear gas the authorities use after hearing calls from the international community to suspend the shipment of tear gas to that country.
Hurriyet Daily News reports that these calls came following the police brutality that was leveled against Turkish protesters during the Gezi Park protests earlier this year.
The Turkish Police Department is already said to have already scheduled talks with companies to begin next year whereby it will be decided which company in Turkey will produce what it calls “national tear gas.”
In May, throughout the course of the Gezi Park demonstrations, the Turkish police dispensed some two years' worth of tear gas reserves in a couple of weeks. They reportedly still have enough reserves to last until 2015.
During the protests they had been forced to purchase additional gas from Brazil and the UK.
Now with Amnesty International citing police brutality as a pretext for the international community to cease providing the Turkish police with such riot gear, which will also include a ban on armored vehicles, Turkey may very well go ahead with these plans.
Amnesty's Andrew Gardner, the organizations Turkey researcher contended that, “The Turkish police's return to the abusive use of force in response to demonstrations underscores the need for all countries to suspend shipments of tear gas and other riot control projectile equipment and armored policing vehicles to Turkey, until steps are taken to prevent such deaths and injuries.”
Human Rights Watch, as reported by bianet, also recently called on the suspension of tear gas exports to Turkey stating that, “The Turkish government used needless and extreme force.”
Also the New York Times had a recent report which said that 40 percent of Turks surveyed who took park in the Gezi Park national demonstrators were still ailing from their extreme exposure to the tear gas fired at them. Some of those surveyed were exposed to tear gas for periods that ranged up to eight hours a day for several days at a time.
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