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Comedy Gold: Water Cannon

August 10, 2011

Water cannon are still in use on a large scale in Germany, Northern Ireland and other parts of Europe. The annual riots on May 1 in Berlin, the Schanzenfest fair in Hamburg, which regularly ends in riots, or other demonstrations, are usually accompanied by water cannon, which support riot police. German communities use their water cannon in hot summers to water public parks.

  1. August 10, 2011 3:07 pm

    “In 1997, pink dye was reportedly added to the water used by Indonesian police to disperse a riot.[8] The implication is that they might use this mark to make it easier to arrest rioters later. The United Kingdom, which had sold the water cannon to Indonesia, condemned this practice, (although the Royal Ulster Constabulary had used a water cannon with purple dye during The Troubles in Northern Ireland) but later approved the sale of further water cannon to them. Most modern water cannon are also capable of adding tear gas to the stream.”

    Why pink?

  2. Mary Sunshine permalink
    August 10, 2011 7:02 pm

    I was just thinking this afternoon that what London needs is a good bucketing rain storm.

    • August 10, 2011 7:19 pm

      Yes, a good rain, a nice heavy rain.

      And now that I think about it, my accrescent thoughts totally inferred way too much into that last sentence. When I read, “water public parks,” I added spraying hot children with water in the summer, a.k.a. fun.

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