A Handy Guide To Crowd-Control Weapons

dfae1efdd9685a8fa16348b46ac40e0b_vice_670Assuming you made it through May Day without injuries, Vice UK has a preview of the most common weapons coming soon to a riot near you:

We spoke to buddies of ours in Germany, Egypt and Israel/Palestine to get the lowdown on the weapons that British police may soon be using to pour cold water on your righteous and burning fury.

The backbone in every self-respecting riot control arsenal, tear gas, makes you cry like a baby and stops you from breathing effectively so that you think you’re going to die. Advertised as non-lethal, Sarit Michaeli, spokeswoman from the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, claims otherwise: “Vulnerable people, like the elderly, children and people with respiratory problems, can be hurt and killed by tear gas.”

[Regarding rubber bullets], “Calling them rubber bullets is quite ridiculous,” says Sarit. “They’re not made of rubber, they’re metal covered with rubber or plastic. If you’re far away enough the bullet won’t penetrate but sometimes the metal core will go through your clothing and skin. The pain is very severe and after, you get an enormous bruise that can scab over – bones can break. On one occasion an Israeli protestor, Limor Goldstein, was hit in the back of the head and it penetrated his skull. They’re not non-lethal.”…

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5 Comments on "A Handy Guide To Crowd-Control Weapons"

  1. Anarchy Pony | May 3, 2012 at 1:15 pm |

    This is all about the state/establishment using violence to crush dissent and disruption of commerce without giving the dissenters/protesters recourse to use violent self defense, only flight. “Non Lethals” are about causing pain, that is their function, to allow the state to hurt you as efficiently as possible, with low (but not zero) probability of causing fatality, if you dare to dissent against or disrupt it.

    • Yep.

      But if they keep this up they’ll alienate the public to the point that when the people do finally react violently the general consensus will be that it has been a long time comin’.

      In fact, some of us already think it’s overdue…

      There are just so many ways to crush (literally and figuratively) riot police with only a small number of dedicated people.

      I think one of the funniest and simplest ideas is one someone already used in China. They took a big truck (I think they even stole the truck) and then they ran over a bunch of cop wanna-bees while they were out doing PT.

      Body armor, face shields, batons, teargas, plastic bullets, directed sound devices, and pain rays will not protect you from a Peterbilt Semi…

      • Anarchy Pony | May 3, 2012 at 11:14 pm |

        Or a big ol’ Mack truck. 

      • Vincent Vega | May 4, 2012 at 12:11 am |

         I”m surprised we haven’t already seen it.    I will not be surprised when they turn the tables.    The abuse of civil liberties is seen too often.  The work for the special interest groups, not the public.  Jus sayin.

        • I think part of the reason we haven’t already seen the police lines get seriously overwhelmed in this country relates to some well known psychological principles.

          The cops know that once the public sees them fold even one time, the gig is up.

          So, they make sure to appear in overwhelming numbers and with overwhelming force.

          This convinces people that they cannot be overcome so there’s no need to try.

          A fallacious belief of course, but one they’ve intentionally cultivated for use as long as they can.

          Of course there are some other factors relating to the types of people who tend to show up at protests, etc.

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