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US: Russia's Using Chemical Agents in Ukraine

Russia said to be using the choking agent chloropicrin and tear gases banned in war

(Newser) - Weeks after Russia launched its war in Ukraine, President Biden warned his Russian counterpart would pay a "severe price" if he approved the use of chemical weapons. Now, the US is handing out new sanctions, alleging Russia has indeed used chemical weapons. The State Department accuses Russia of using...

900 Had Period Issues After Portland Protests
900 Women Had Period Issues
After Portland Protests

900 Women Had Period Issues After Portland Protests

Survey raises concerns about the effect of tear gas on endocrine system

(Newser) - A new study is lending credence to widespread claims from protesters that tear gas messed with their periods. Dozens of protesters told media outlets about period irregularities, which they blamed on tear gas exposure, following protests across the country last summer. Now, those claims take center stage in an anonymous...

Portland Mayor Tells Police: No More Tear Gas

Use resumed after Ted Wheeler ordered force to cut back

(Newser) - Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler had already told police in the Oregon city to go easy on the tear gas during demonstrations. He got a dose of it himself in July when he stopped by one of the protests. So now he's leaving police no wiggle room, telling them Thursday...

'Feds, Go Home': Portland Protesters Stand Up to Agents

'Wall of Moms,' health care workers, and 'Teachers Against Tyrants' showed up to demonstrate

(Newser) - Thousands of protesters gathered outside the federal courthouse in Portland, Ore., into the early hours of Saturday, shooting fireworks at the building as plumes of tear gas, dispensed by US agents, lingered above. The demonstration went on for hours until federal agents entered the crowd around 2:30am and marched...

Portland Mayor Tear-Gassed by Federal Agents

It's not clear if they knew he was in the crowd

(Newser) - The mayor of Portland, Oregon, was tear-gassed by the US government late Wednesday as he stood at a fence guarding a federal courthouse during another night of protests against the presence of federal agents sent by President Trump to quell unrest in the city. Mayor Ted Wheeler, a Democrat, said...

Top US General Apologizes for This Image
Top US General Apologizes
for This Image

Top US General Apologizes for This Image

Mark Milley, joint chiefs chairman, says he shouldn't have walked with Trump

(Newser) - The fallout from President Trump's now-famous walk from the White House to St. John's Church continues: On Thursday, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff apologized for joining the president on that June 1 walk in military fatigues, reports CNN . "I should not have been there,...

Ohio City Says It's Looking Into Death of Protester

Limited information is available so far on May 30 incident in Columbus

(Newser) - The city of Columbus, Ohio, says it's looking into reports that a young female protester died "as the result of being sprayed during a protest" in the city May 30. NBC4i reports she has been identified on social media as 22-year-old Sarah Grossman, a recent graduate of Ohio...

So Was It Tear Gas? First, Define 'Tear Gas'
Was That Tear Gas in DC?

Was That Tear Gas in DC?

Trump insists it wasn't used on protesters in DC, though a pepper compound was

(Newser) - Before President Trump walked from the White House to nearby St. John's Church on Monday, authorities cleared protesters from his path. Now a debate is simmering over a simple question: Did they fire tear gas? President Trump and his press secretary insist the answer is no. "They didn’...

For $5 a Scoop, This Hong Kong Ice Cream Will Burn Your Throat

Tear gas-flavored treat is meant as an homage to the pro-democracy movement there

(Newser) - Tear gas is among the new flavors at a Hong Kong ice cream shop. The main ingredient is black peppercorns, a reminder of the pungent, peppery rounds fired by police on the streets of the semi-autonomous Chinese city during months of demonstrations last year, per the AP . "It tastes...

Cops Fire Tear Gas Inside Hong Kong Train Station

Officers disguised as protesters make mass arrests

(Newser) - Police fired tear gas Sunday inside a train station and in several other Hong Kong neighborhoods where protesters occupied roads in the tenth straight weekend of anti-government demonstrations. Protesters hurled bricks at officers and ignored warnings to leave before tear gas was deployed in the Sham Shui Po area, police...

They Were Warned Not to March. Out Came the Tear Gas

Hong Kong protests turn violent

(Newser) - Hong Kong police on Saturday fired tear gas and swung batons at protesters who defied authorities' warnings not to march in a neighborhood where six days earlier a mob apparently targeting demonstrators brutally attacked people in a train station. Protesters wearing black streamed through the Yuen Long district, even though...

Venezuela Opposition Leader Hails 'Great Achievement'

Juan Guaido says humanitarian aid is getting through

(Newser) - Opposition leader Juan Guaido says the first shipment of humanitarian aid has crossed into Venezuela from Brazil. Guaido announced the crossing on his Twitter account Saturday. He called it a "great achievement." The AP could not independently confirm the aid had passed through. Guaido one month ago declared...

Thousands Slammed by Tear Gas, Water Cannons

Demonstrators oppose fuel taxes in Paris

(Newser) - French police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse demonstrators in Paris Saturday, as thousands gathered in the capital and staged road blockades across the nation to vent anger against rising fuel taxes and Emmanuel Macron's presidency, the AP reports. Thousands of police were deployed nationwide to contain...

Cops Hit Tour de France Riders With Tear Gas

Police were stopping a farmers' protest, but the spray inadvertently affected bicyclists

(Newser) - Because Tour de France bicyclists needed another physical challenge: Cops accidentally hit some of them with tear gas on Tuesday. It happened as officers were breaking up a farmers' protest that interrupted the 16th stage, reports Australia's ABC . The farmers, upset at slashed government funding, had blocked the road...

They Demanded Answers on Family. They Got Tear Gas

At least 68 dead in Venezuela jail fire

(Newser) - At least 68 people were killed when fire swept through the cells of a police station in Venezuela early Wednesday—and relatives demanding answers later in the day were given tear gas instead. Tarek William Saab, chief prosecutor in the city of Valencia, says 68 people—66 men and two...

Amid Freezing Temps, Water Sprayed at Pipeline Protesters

Cops use tear gas, water cannon in battle for bridge

(Newser) - Tension flared anew on the Dakota Access pipeline as protesters in North Dakota tried to push past a long-blocked bridge on a state highway, only to be turned back by a line of law enforcement using a water cannon and what appeared to be tear gas, the AP reports. Sunday'...

Banksy's Newest Target: Tear Gas Used on Refugees

London mural takes shot at tactics allegedly used on refugees in France

(Newser) - Two giant sheets of plywood now cover Banksy's latest mural opposite the French embassy in London—though developers of the building it's spray-painted on say they're trying to keep it safe, the BBC reports. Never one to shy away from controversy, the artist borrowed the girl who...

Cops Shot Tear Gas at NJ Concertgoers: Officials

People reportedly upset they couldn't get into MetLife Stadium's Hot 97 Summer Jam

(Newser) - New Jersey State Police blocking gates outside of a major hip-hop concert at MetLife Stadium had bottles thrown at them by angry people in the crowd who were trying to get inside—some without tickets—and they later used tear gas to try to disperse them, according to officials. Crowds...

Hong Kong Cops Lob Tear Gas at 'Occupy' Protest

Police warn of 'higher level of force' if protesters don't disperse

(Newser) - Hong Kong police used tear gas today and warned of further measures as they tried to clear thousands of pro-democracy protesters who had gathered outside government headquarters in a challenge to Beijing over its decision to restrict democratic reforms for the semiautonomous city. After spending hours holding the protesters at...

Police, Anti-Gov't Protesters Clash in Turkey

PM pulls back police after two-day battle in Istanbul

(Newser) - Turkish police retreated from a main Istanbul square today, removing barricades and allowing in thousands of demonstrators to calm tensions after a crackdown on furious anti-government protests turned the city center into a battlefield. A human rights group said hundreds of people were injured in scuffles with police that lasted...

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