An Egyptian protester attempts to throw back a tear gas canister during clashes with the Egyptian Riot Police in Omar Makram street, off Tahrir Square in Cairo, on November 27, 2012.
The Egyptian government has spent nearly USD 2.5 million to buy teargas canisters from the United States in January 2013 in an attempt to disperse protesters demanding that President Mohamed Morsi realize the goals of the revolution that toppled former dictator Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
According to a report published by Egypt Independent
earlier this week, “In January, the Interior Ministry ordered the import of 140,000 teargas canisters from the United States.”
Teargas canisters will be used against Egyptian protesters following months of unrest in the North African country, the report quoting letters between Interior Ministry and Defense Ministry officials.
“In light of the ongoing incidents and growing need for gas bombs to deal with rioters and preserve the nation’s safety, Al-Guindy Company for Imports and Exports, a representative of the US Combined System Company in Egypt, has been contracted to import 70,000 gas bombs and 70,000 long-range gas projectiles from the US to Egypt,” a letter stated as cited by Egypt Independent.
Following the development, Hussein Abdel Ghany, a spokesman for Egypt's National Salvation Front, an alliance of liberal and secular leaning groups issued a statement saying that “It's the same tactics the Mubarak regime used - spending taxpayers' money to kill the sons of taxpayers.”
The Egyptians launched the revolution against the pro-Israeli regime on January 25, 2011, which eventually brought an end to Mubarak’s 30-year-long dictatorship on February 11, 2011.