Tear Gas: Made in the US, used in Bahrain

Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.

Tear gas has been among the most reported crowd dispersal methods used by police in Bahrain – and across the Arab revolutions – since protests began in February 2011. But where does all of this tear gas come from? Here’s a quick attempt to trace one iconic canister back to its source.

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