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Egyptian activist: U.S.-supplied teargas ‘clinging to my lungs’

By David Edwards
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 10:27 EDT
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Actor Khalid Abdalla speaks to CBS from Egypt
 
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An Egyptian activist says that the U.S. is still providing the teargas the Egyptian military has been using to crackdown on protesters this week.

Khalid Abdalla, who has also starred in movies such as The Kite Runner, United 93 and Green Zone, told CBS News Wednesday that he had recently seen U.S.-made teargas canisters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

“In terms outside — if you are talking about financial aid and things like that, all of that is going to the military,” Abdalla explained. “The U.S. government, the British government — of which, I am a citizen of Britain — you know, European governments, all over the world Western governments are supporting this military.”

“The teargas, which is clinging to my lungs, which was bombed in the square last night, is from stocks which have been replenished over the last nine months. Every canister says it’s come from the U.S. And that’s something that causes me great sadness.”

The Guardian confirmed Monday that Combined Systems Inc (CSI) of Jamestown, Pennsylvania was providing some of the teargas to the Egyptian military.

Demonstrators claim that the gas is even more powerful than what was being deployed against Egyptians during the protests which ousted former dictator Hosni Mubarak earlier this year.

“It’s stronger, it burns your face, it makes you feel like your whole body is seizing up,” one witness told the paper. “It doesn’t seem to be combated by Coke or vinegar.”

On Tuesday, U.S. officials condemned what they called an “excess of force” used against Egyptian demonstrators.

Tens of tousands have taken to the streets over the past five days to call for an end to military rule in the country. At least 28 have been killed.

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Watch this video from CBS’s The Early Show, broadcast Sept. 23, 2011.

 
David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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