“ Throughout Monday and into the night a constant stream of injured protesters - bloodied from rubber bullets or overcome by tear gas - were brought on motorbikes into makeshift clinics on sidewalks, where volunteer doctors scrambled from patient to patient. Some coughing protesters and doctors claimed the tear gas being used by authorities to quell the protest is like nothing they have encountered before. “They are shooting poisonous gas, there were many killings, young people were killed, it is causing a problem in the blood circulation,” claimed protester Helmi Ahmed. “This gas is different than the one used on the 28th of January, it has a bigger effect than the one that was used on the 28th of January. It causes cramps in the nerves and its poisons accumulate in the body even after its effect disappears,” said Osama Hamzah, a doctor. [AP]
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last night we were doing street medic work, spraying the eyes of protesters with yeast after the tear gassing from the police.
tear gas is supposed to make you cry. not burn the skin and make folks shake with uncontrollable convulsions.
but there were little kids, like under the age of ten, wandering the tear gassed streets offering vinegar, yeast, and napkins to folks. it was beautiful to watch.
and i hadnt forgotten how good it feels to be a street medic, to stand against the stampeding tide and offer what little you have to aid…