French protests: the urgent need to ban use of maiming 'crowd control' weapons


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There have been hands ripped off, faces broken, joints deformed in a devastating toll that is moving from dozens into hundreds. After nine uninterrupted weeks of the so-called ‘yellow vest’ (gilet jaune) movement, the immoderate use by police of weapons that wreak serious injuries (guns that fire rubber rounds such as Flash-Balls and the so-called ‘defence ball launchers’, or LBDs, and explosive stun grenades) have left many demonstrators and others caught in the mayhem with shocking wounds, sometimes life-changing.