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Tear gas for crowd control in Hong Kong


DOI:“…….Over 3000 rounds of tear gas have been deployed as crowd control agents by police since June.

The tear gas used by the police contains o-chlorobenzylidene malononitrile, an irritant that interacts with mucocutaneous sensory nerve receptors, including TRPA1 channels, and causes rapid clinical effects with a wide margin between the incapacitating dose and the lethal dose.

Although brief in duration, clinical manifestations include tearing and burning sensations in the eyes, cough, dyspnoea, skin rashes, blistering, hypertension, nausea, vomiting, and agitation…….”

At least one person died in a fire that broke out at the overcrowded Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos on Sunday, leading to rioting among its inhabitants and clashes with police.


At a California prison a “large-scale riot” Wednesday


“……..The fight in the yard at a prison in Soledad broke out just after 11 a.m., and staff fired nine warning shots from a rifle and used chemical agents and non-lethal rounds to break up the brief incident……

No one on staff at the Correctional Training Facility was hurt……..

Eight inmates required outside hospitalization with injuries that included cuts, puncture wounds and bruises, and all were stable. About 50 other inmates were treated for minor injuries……..

Aug. 11, 1965: The Watts Riot begins


“….The five days of violence left 34 dead, 1,032 injured, nearly 4,000 arrested, and $40 million worth of property destroyed…..”

Hong Kong: What next?


“…..Key Points
  • Protests continue to roil Hong Kong as demonstrators clash with police and call for full democracy and autonomy in the city.
  • According to one think tank expert, the most likely outcome of the demonstrations will be for authorities to wait out the protests, arrest rally leaders and “slowly bring the city back to order.”
  • It’s also possible, although less likely, that Beijing could send in its military — or that it could acquiesce to some protester demands……”

A fight between rival gangs in a prison in northern Brazil left at least 52 inmates dead


7/23/1967: The Detroit Riots begin (after five days, 43 people were dead, 342 people were seriously injured and nearly 1,400 buildings had been burned or ransacked).


Prison rioting in Brazil leaving scores dead


Protests and unrest have gripped Haiti for more than a week.


Haiti uneasy over gas prices & US State says be careful out there.


US State


Location: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Event: Embassy personnel are still under a Shelter in Place order. Roadblocks are continuing to pop up throughout the city and being manned by people throwing rocks. Some roadblocks have armed demonstrators that will shoot at vehicles trying to run through the roadblock

Actions to Take:

• Shelter in place. Do not attempt to travel at this time.

• Avoid protests and any large gathering of people.

• Do not attempt to drive through roadblocks.

• If you encounter a roadblock, turn around and get to a safe area.
• U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince
• State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
Haiti Country Information
• Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  (STEP) to receive security updates
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U.S. Citizens in Haiti: Need Assistance? Call 202-501-4444

Calling from the U.S. about U.S. citizens in Haiti? Please call 1-888-407-4747



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