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One hundred years ago, French troops fired tear gas grenades into German trenches. Designed to force people out from behind barricades and trenches, tear gas causes burning of the eyes and skin, tearing, and gagging. Chemical weapons are now banned from war zones. But today, tear gas has become the most commonly used form of “less-lethal” police force.
Join us for an evening with author Anna Feigenbaum as she discusses her new book, Tear Gas: From the Battlefields of WWI to the Streets of Today, out now from Verso Books! An engrossing century-spanning narrative, Tear Gas is the first history of this weapon, and takes us from military labs and chemical weapons expos to union assemblies and protest camps, drawing on declassified reports and witness testimonies to show how policing with poison came to be.
Author Anna Feigenbaum will be joined in conversation with Tim McSorley, National Coordinator of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group. From Sergeant Pepper and the APEC Affair, to Quebec City, the Toronto G20 and 'Maple Spring,' Anna and Tim will discuss how riot control has shaped the right to free speech and dissent in Canada. All welcome, please come!
Thursday, March 22 2018
@ Octopus Books
116 Third Ave.
Anna Feigenbaum is co-author of the book Protest Camps, and her work has appeared in Vice, The Atlantic, Al Jazeera America, The Guardian, Salon, Financial Times, Open Democracy, New Internationalist, and Waging Nonviolence. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University. Her website is www.annafeigenbaum.com. Follow her on Twitter: @drfigtree.