100 Years of Tear Gas, Policing with Poison & Its Implications

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On Human Rights Day 2017, Dr Anna Feigenbaum explores how tear gas came about, the uses it has been put to over the past 100 years, the uses it is being being put to now and its implications on human rights.

The talk is hosted by the Leicester Secular Society in association with the Leicester Human Rights Arts and Film Festival.

Dr Anna Feigenbaum is Principal Academic in Digital Storytelling in the department of Journalism, English and Communication at Bournemouth University. She is the author of Tear Gas: From the Battlefields of WW1 to the Streets of Today (Verso, 2017). She has also co-edited books that include Protest camps in international context: Spaces, infrastructures and media of resistance (Policy Press, 2017) and Protest Camps (Zed, 2013).

The Leicester Secular Society is the world's oldest Secular Society. The society hosts a series of public lectures that are free and open to all. Past speakers at these lectures have included George Bernard Shaw, Bertrand Russell, Tony Benn and Annie Besant.

The Leicester Human Rights Arts and Film Festival is now in its fourth consecutive year.

The festival runs from December 4 through to December 10. It aims to draw attention to human rights issues at home and abroad as well as draw attention to International Human Rights Day which is celebrated annually, across the world, on December 10.

*A note on the image:

... from left to right:
1. German infantry soldiers (equipped with gas masks) in a cloud of poison gas, 1916, on the Western front in Flanders (either Belgian or French), Wikimedia and the German Federal Archive
2. Playground protest (Source: "Kenya police fire tear gas on playground protest", BBC News, 19 January 2015)
3. 'woman in a red dress' (Ceyda Sungur), Gezi Park, Turkey, 28 May 2015 (Source: "Police who sprayed Gezi's ‘woman in red’ ordered to plant 600 trees", Hürriyet Daily News, 10 June 2015)

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