Tomorrow: OWS Protests Tear Gas Manufacturers and Financial Backers in Solidarity with Egypt
On Thursday, Occupy Wall St. will demonstrate against tear gas manufacturers and their financial supporters with two actions. At 12pm in Jamestown, Pennsylvania, demonstrators will protest US Tear Gas manufacturer Combined Systems, Inc., while others rally at 1pm at New York City's Egyptian consulate, from where they will march to an "undisclosed location."
From the Press Release:
Thursday, December 1, activists from Pennsylvania to NYC stand in solidarity with Egyptians working for freedom by protesting the manufacturers and financial backers of US Tear Gas manufacturer Combined Systems, Inc. (CSI). The Egyptian army and police rely on tear gas, bullets and weapons from abroad. In NYC and across the country, members of the Occupy Wall Street movement have endured similar acts of violence with chemical weapons. The protests at the plant in Jamestown and in NYC aim to expose and shame the businesses and institutions in our country that are aiding in the repression of the grassroots democratic movement in Egypt.
Combined Systems Incorporated, located in northwest Pennsylvania, is one of the main suppliers of such "less-lethal" weapons to the Egyptian state; their tear gas canisters have littered the streets of Cairo. CSI and their allies in the U.S. State Department, who must approve the sales of their weapons to foreign governments, are complicit in crimes against humanity. They have consistently facilitated the repression of grassroots democratic movements not only in Egypt, but also in the U.S. itself, as well as in Tunisia, Greece, Palestine, Yemen, and other places.
There will be "visuals" at both rallies, and OWS encourages supporters to wear goggles and surgical masks to show solidarity with Egyptian activists.