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Tear gas used by the police against Yellow Vests may now contain Cyanide

Summary of Disinformation

After demonstrations number 19 and 20 of the Yellow Vests, protesters claimed to have been hit more violently than with the tear gas usually used by the police. Its chemical compound has created controversy, some relaying on Twitter the results of medical tests that demonstrate cyanide poisoning.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the violent repression of the Yellow Vests protests.

A Yellow Vest member posted a copy of her medical test and a comment "positive cyanide tests" suggesting she was poisoned after having inhaled tear gas at demonstrations. French TV LCI first spoke to the protester and author of the Tweet as well as a toxicologist, who explained that  the concentrations of thiocyanates found in the blood of this patient are compatible with concentrations observed in smokers and would have to be at least 10 times higher to indicate poisoning.

See further debunking by the LCI.

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Reported in: Issue 144
Date: 07.04.2019
Language: French
Country: France
Keywords: yellow vests
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Sputnik French
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