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Dangerous Medical Errors in "Protester Defense" Post

Unfortunately, much of the info in the "Protester Defense" post to Portland Indymedia is erroneous; some of the information is dangerous. [Tear gas canisters DO cause severe thermal burns! Also, any direct action eye protection must be shatter proof (against projectiles like rubber bullets, tear gas canisters, batons, etc.) - all activists should have this protection.] See the Portland Black Cross Health Collective web site for accurate information:
www.blackcrosscollective.org
Unfortunately, much of the info in the "Protester Defense" post to Portland Indymedia is erroneous; some of the information is dangerous. [Tear gas canisters DO cause severe thermal burns - I've seen them happen and treated them! Also, any direct action eye protection must be shatter proof (against projectiles like rubber bullets, tear gas canisters, batons, etc.) - all activists should have this protection.]

See the Portland Black Cross Health Collective web site for accurate information:
www.blackcrosscollective.org . This site also has links to other good activist medic resources.

FYI......One effective technique for dealing with smoking canisters is a 5 gallon plastic bucket - place over the canister and trap the "gas". [Take care that the bucket isn't touching the canister, of course....] Tear "gas" is actually a solid at room temperature - which is why it must be heated to become a vapor. As the heated molecules transfer their thermal energy to the bucket wall, the tear "gas" moleules fall out of suspension in the atmosphere and - voila - no more "gas".

In between capping tear gas canisters, the buckets make for great percussion instruments (albeit with limited tonality) and are very useful for an impromptu seat ....
 
 

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