I can't believe it's legal to use tear gas on protestors. According to international law, using tear gas in military conflicts is literally a war crime.

TBQH I also can't believe we live in a world which has essentially decided that war is actually ok as long as you're not *too* much of a dick about it.

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Caution for anyone in the US • ironically named "non-lethal" weapons 

All so-called "non-lethal" weapons can be lethal or cause serious injury if used incorrectly. They *are* being used incorrectly.

Tear gas cannisters carry warnings that they're not supposed to be aimed at people. Rubber bullets are intended to be aimed at the ground to only hit people after they ricochet.

US police have been aiming both of these things at people's faces. They have caused grievious injuries which I will not describe here. Even protestors standing peacefully. Even people with their hands up. Even medics and journalists.

Some people injured, weren't even protesting and were just out buying groceries

If you're going anywhere near protests, please be extremely careful.

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Found a long Twitter thread documenting some of the atrocities the US police have committed during these protests. It's harrowing to look through. Huge CW for violence and some graphic images of injuries


@InvaderXan Anyone who can watch this long list of videos and agree with Trump on who the bad guys are is a fucking fascist

@Lexi Seriously. Trouble is, most people are only watching what their news channel of choice shows them. And I'm willing to bet that Fox barely shows this stuff at all.

@InvaderXan @Lexi And this is the ultimate truth here: MSM, which is the most-viewed media, only ever mentions this stuff in passing, if at all.

The CNN journalist getting arrested without being officially charged is probably the most that anyone will ever see barring some localized event covered only on the localized news and barred in newsrooms outside that area while simultaneously allowing for brick-throwers and looters to be discussed nationwide.

@InvaderXan @Lexi And viola. You end up with one side portrayed as "a few bad apples" and the other as "a violent gang of thugs" all because of what gets shown and how it's talked about by a handful of capitalist broadcast companies.

We don't have freedom of the press. We never did. Even in media, it's always been unlimited freedom of money, and the methods have been tweaked and polished over the centuries to sustain that.

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