Workers at the Egyptian port of Suez reportedly refused to sign this week for a consignment of 7 tons of tear gas being imported from the US. The reason? They were concerned that the government would use the tear gas against protesters.
The government has now moved the tear gas to a storage facility in Cairo, but the Ministry of the Interior is said to be imminently receiving another consignment of 14 tons of tear gas. The tear gas is coming in barrels from the United States.
Tear gas has been extensively used against demonstrators in Tahrir Square this year, under both Hosni Mubarak and the new regime. Victims have reported that they suffer coughing fits, chest pains, blurred vision and that their arms often shake, and symptoms of tear gas exposure can last for up to a year.