‘Teargas is awful – it gets you in the back of your throat’: escaping a gas attack

Benn Keaveney escapes a CS gas attack in Derry, 1971

Teargas is awful – it gets you in the back of your throat and burns your eyes. It drifts quickly, and even when you think it has disappeared, the wind then changes and it’s back. As soon as you see it coming, you run.

This CS gas attack had taken place seconds before this photograph was taken, in a burnt-out sorting office in the Little Diamond area of Derry. We were jumping off the wall to get away from it. There had been a riot, and I remember we were trying to help some older people get away. I was 14.

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Source: theguardian
‘Teargas is awful – it gets you in the back of your throat’: escaping a gas attack