Archive for the 'Protesters' Category

BRAZIL – 16,000 Landless Workers protest for Agrarian Reform in Brasilia [Police use tasers to control demonstrators] (2014-02-18)

Posted on February 18 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Police break up a march by 16,000 peasants at the Landless Workers’ Movement National Congress in Brazilia. See paragraph in bold for the use of tasers: The police used pepper spray, smoke bombs and Tasers against the members of the movement advancing towards the Palace.]] Via campesina, by Alan Tygel and Márcio […]

BRAZIL – Protestos de 7 de Setembro têm confronto em 11 capitais do país [7 September protests in 11 State capitals bring system to a slowdown (Taser used in Belo Horizonte)] (2013-09-07)

Posted on September 7 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : (This is an edited google-translation; the original Portuguese text is below, in italics.) Note the section in both texts in bold – the only reference to tasers. Independence Day – 7 September – became a day of protest. In Belo Horizonte , the police used taser non-lethal stun guns on protester, […]

BRAZIL – Police officers use a Taser gun on a demonstrator during a protest against corruption in Rio (2013-07-28)

Posted on July 28 2013 by admin

  [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A somewhat questionable site reports – with photographic evidence (see at the URL at the end) – the use of tasers against protesters during the Pope’s visit to Rio de Janeiro. ]] RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – ( – July 28, 2013-Thousands of Brazilians take the streets to protest the Papal […]

INDIA – Taser stun guns enter NSG’s VIP security arsenal (2013-02-08)

Posted on February 8 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The Indian National Security Guard has procured several tasers potentially for use against protesters attempting to slap or throw ink or shoes at major politicians – with the aim of avoiding use of lethal weapons.]] Indian Express, by VijaitaSingh Protesters attempting to slap or throw ink or shoes at major politicians […]

INDIA – Taser stun guns enter National Security Guards’s VIP security arsenal (2013-02-08)

Posted on February 8 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments: Tasers are being introduced to protect senior politicians – apparently to ne used against protesters attempting to slap or throw ink or shoes at major politicians, «This is something that immobilises the body for a few minutes, giving us time to react,” we are told, as if the taser were not an […]

RUSSIA – Russian police to get thousands of [Russian] tasers (2013-02-05)

Posted on February 5 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Russian police are planning to arm its officers with nearly 7,000 electroshock nightsticks – nopt TASER International products – according to an order for them published online by officials. 57 million rubles are being spent to purchase AIR-107U electroshock batons which, like tasers, can also be used without direct contact. The weapons […]

GREECE – Greek anti-fascist protesters ‘tortured by police’ [including by taser] after Golden Dawn clash (2012-10-09)

Posted on October 9 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Fifteen protesters are arrested in Athens during a clash with supporters of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn, They have said they were tortured in the Attica General Police Directorate (GADA) and were subjected to what their lawyer describes as an Abu Ghraib-style humiliation. One protester said he was hit on the spine […]

ISRAEL / PALESTINE – Israeli police brutally arrest hunger strike demonstrators, threaten them with rape [and with taser] (2102-05-11)

Posted on May 11 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: Protesters near Ramle prison, formed a picket line opposing Israeli Police; the police violently attacked the group, beating them and using tasers, even after the people were handcuffed.” Eight were arrested at the site. The protest was over the arrest of 17 activists. Sixteen-year-old Ward Kayal, sentenced to house arrest, recalled the […]

USA- Tacoma, Washington: Occupy protesters tased at Santorum event (2012-02-15)

Posted on February 14 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Occupy Wall Street protesters disrupt a meeting by Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum in Tacoma, Washington State. KIRO-TV reported that one or more protesters were eventually tased and even more were arrested. “I think it’s really important for you to understand what this radical element represents, because what they represent is true […]

USA – Etats-Unis: un militant du mouvement Occupy Washington arrêté [neutralisé par un Taser] (USA : an Occupy Washington activist is arrested [after being subdued by a taser] (2012-01-30)

Posted on January 30 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Occupy DC participants choose passive resistance as their only weapon against police attempting to remove everyone from the sites the night before the deadline to leave their campsite, police use the taser against a person they identify as a leader.]] AFP Un jeune manifestant anticapitaliste a été neutralisé dimanche avec un […]

USA – Washington DC : [VIDEO] Occupy DC disrupts VIP meeting; protester arrested [Police confirm use of tasers against protesters](2012-01-29)

Posted on January 29 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Washington DC Police admit to using taser against an Occupy DC! protester … Tensions between Occupy DC protesters and law enforcement increased Sunday afternoon after a member of the McPherson Square encampment was subdued with an electric shock and taken away after a violent encounter with police. Police on scene confirmed […]

USA – Washington: [Occupy DC] Economic protester – tasered at park near White House (2012-01-26)

Posted on January 28 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The Washington police used a Taser to subdue an “Occupy DC!” protester during an arrest at a park near the White House on Sunday as tension rose ahead of a police order for the demonstrators to stop camping in the parks overnight. A spokeswoman for the movement said police singled out, […]

EGYPT – Islamist ‘Morality Police’ to train volunteers in using electric batons [TASERS] (2012-01-12)

Posted on January 12 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In a highly disturbing report “Al Ahram”– long regarded as Agypt’s leading daily newspaper – in its English online edition reports that a controversial hardliner group in Egypt announces that it purchased 1000 tasers to help its cadre defend themselves as they ‘promote virtue’ and ‘combat vice’ on the country’s streets. (Note: […]

CANADA – Ottawa, Toronto protests over Congolese election turn violent [one demonstrator tasered] (2011-12-05)

Posted on December 6 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: RCMP used a taser to arrest a demonstrator as protests by anti-Kabila Congolese over the electoral fraud in the Democratic Republic of Congo became more intense.]], by Hilary Roberts OTTAWA – Police clashed with protesters in Ottawa and Toronto Tuesday afternoon as demonstrations over the disputed election in the Democratic Republic […]

USA – Dozens of Occupy [Washington] D.C. members arrested [homeless protester tasered] (2011-12-05)

Posted on December 5 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: DC Police demnded that rrotesters  leave or dismantle an architect-designed wood structure they built Saturday night. Many Occupy-ers refused. When the protesters failed to comply, officers on horseback moved in. At one point, Park police officers pulled out a Taser as they arrested 21-year-old homeless veteran, Micheal Patterson from Alaska. Patterson was […]

USA – 2010 – – 21st Century Riot Control Tools – Anarchists and agitators beware: Heat rays and stink bombs are in your future (2011-11)

Posted on November 30 2011 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : New “toys” to help police controls “riots” (read: demononstrations) include heat rays, sonic disruptors, mass TASERs, malodorants, and other new technologies. Dee the section on the Taser XREP (in bold): TASER’s Shockwave is an area denial device that was inspired by anti-personnel mines. The Shockwave ADS consists of three tiers of […]

USA – Olympia, Washington State: Protests mark first day of special session [Tasers used against “Occupy!” protesters] (2011-11-29)

Posted on November 29 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS Tasers have been used against “Occupy Olympia!”, the police admit: Dan Coon, a State Patrol spokesman, said troopers used Tasers on three people when demonstrators trying to enter the Capitol building advanced on the officers. He said the troopers were trying to protect themselves from being trampled. [Oxford dictionary: TRAMPLE = stepped on […]

UK – Why giving the Met – the London Police – more Tasers is not the answer (2011-11-23)

Posted on November 24 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: In an editorial, the author, an “ardent fan of draconian discipline and parameters for young people” argues a major increase in tasers for the police “could be both inflammatory and spectacularly counter-productive”, especially in areas where there are high density ethnic minority populations, where exuberance and lack of respect for authorities is likely […]

EGYPT – Fresh violence erupts in Cairo, hours after Cabinet submits resignation [protesters beaten and shocked with Taser-like devices] (2011-11-21)

Posted on November 21 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS Fresh violence broke out in and around Cairo’s Tahrir Square early Tuesday, in conflicts with the nation’s military-led government. CNN saw captured protesters beaten and shocked with Taser-like devices, whether or not these were TAER Inc. products or generic tasers is not known. (See previous stories under EGYPT; only reference to tasers in […]

ISRAEL – Activists [threatened by tasers] on Gaza-bound vessels detained (2011-11-05)

Posted on November 5 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: “There were taser guns [not used] and water cannons used but once they were on board they realised there were non-violent activists and they had the ship under control.” – as Israeli navy intercepted two boats – Canadian vessel Tahrir and the Irish boat MV Saoirse were in international waters, between 64km to […]