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Is U.S. Supplying Lots of Tear Gas to Bahrain Despite Its Own 2011 Export Ban?

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English: American-made tear gas grenade utiliz...

English: American-made tear gas grenade utilizing CS gas, used by Egyptian riot police during the Friday of Anger, in the 2011 Egyptian protests (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The police often fired tear gas grenades not i...

The police often fired tear gas grenades not in a great arc but horizontally. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WASHINGTON — Bahrain has sought to purchase a huge amount of tear gas to quell Shi’ite unrest.

An opposition group has released documents of a Bahrain government tender for close to two million tear gas and other grenades. The tender was dated June 16, 2013 and issued by Bahrain’s Interior Ministry.

The United States is said to have blocked tear gas exports to Bahrain in 2011.

But Washington has maintained the flow of military equipment to the Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom, which hosts the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet.

Tear gas is supposed to be ‘non-lethal’, but Bahrain’s police use large amounts of tear gas in residential areas, even when there are no protests, and sometimes shoot tear gas directly into houses,” the group, Bahrain Watch, said.

The tender specified the requirement for 1.6 million tear gas shells, 90,000 tear gas grenades and 145,000 stun grenades. The Interior Ministry oversees Bahrain’s police and security forces, which clash with Shi’ite protesters on a nearly daily basis.

The police also fire the canisters directly at people’s heads, which has caused serious injuries and deaths,” Bahrain Watch said.

http://www.worldtribune.com/2013/10/25/report-bahraini-police-orders-2-million-tear-gas-grenades/

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Written by voiceoftruthusa

October 29, 2013 at 5:05 am

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