A Facebook group called IRAN: “URGENT WE NEED YOUR HELP” is asking netizens for advice on how to counter what it describes as a strange new tear gas Iranian security forces are using against anti-government protesters.
It’s brings to mind Jawaher Abu Rahma, the Palestinian woman whose death was wrongly blamed on Israel. In the end, Palestinians acknowledged she had a pre-existing medical condition. No other Bilin protesters were killed by Israeli tear gas, but Abu Rahma’s death was grist for some vehement coverage from Iran’s Press TV.
Now Iran’s accused of the same thing — on a larger scale. I expect Press TV will counter the claims by “proving” that Iranian tear gas is normal, and that everyone suffering unusual effects had pre-existing medical conditions too.