Last updated on 28th July 2019
Is the content of tear gas grenades used by the police from one Saturday to another becoming more and more stronger? In Montpellier, Saturday, March 30th, several witnesses were indeed struck by the power of the gas used to confront protesters.
Is the content of the tear gas grenades used by the police from one Saturday to another becoming more and more stronger? A change in the chemical formula inside the capsules that would allow for a lower use of flash ball launchers? In Montpellier, Saturday, March 30th, during act 19, several witnesses were indeed struck by the power of the gas emitted to confront the protesters in addition to their abundance, as was the case on rue Saint-Guilhem. In the coming days, the League of Human Rights has indicated that it is taking administrative steps to officially know the content of the said capsules.
Un manifestant vient de jeter une pierre sur les forces de l’ordre. Pétards. Sommations. Les medics reculent. La foule recule jets d’eau lacrymogènes lancés pic.twitter.com/k4FO3oTCyF— Midi Libre Montpellier (@MLMontpellier) March 30, 2019
So what is in the tear gas grenades thrown at the protesters? In mid-February, the controversy had already received a reaction, including from Laurent Nunez. The Secretary of State to the Minister of the Interior was questioned about the accusation of Raquel Garrido, who said: “According to my doctor, this looks like hydrocyanic acid poisoning”.
J’ai informé mes amis (FB) de mes symptômes consécutifs à l’absorption de gaz hier à l’ActeXIII. Depuis, je reçois quantité de témoignages similaires. Selon mon médecin, cela ressemble un empoisonnement à l’acide cyanhydrique. Je demande à @Place_Beauvau la composition du gaz. pic.twitter.com/jQ2AlBfBIG— Raquel Garrido (@RaquelGarridoFr) February 10, 2019
“I informed my friends (FaceBook) about my symptoms following the inhalation of gas yesterday at Act XIII. Since then, I have received a lot of similar testimonials. According to my doctor, this sounds like hydrocyanic acid poisoning. I demand from the Interior Ministry to reveal the composition of the gas”
What is hydrocyanic acid?
On social media, the mention of hydrogen cyanide in the lawyer’s message has elicited indignant comments. Because this chemical compound, also called hydrogen cyanide or prussic acid, was used in the manufacture of zyklon B, the deadly gas of the extermination camps of the Nazi regime.
Later used as an insecticide and rodenticide, hydrogen cyanide is still tolerated in France in some cases, especially to disinfect aircraft or empty premises.
“There are no secret products [in the composition],” replied Laurent Nunez, “it is tear gas, there is no product of an incapacitating nature”. “The recipe has not changed,” he said, without giving more details.