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130,000 GAS BOMBS USED IN 20 DAYS

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TURKEY – The National Police had bought 150,000 tear gas cartridges in 2013 according to its annual plan. However, during the ‘Gezi Park Protests’ which started in Istanbul on May 31 and spread to 77 provinces across Turkey, riot police used 130,000 cartridges. The amount of tear gas used over the period of 20 days was more than the amount used in 20 European countries in entire 2012.

As the excessive use of tear gas caused a sharp decline in stocks, the police will hold an unplanned bid for 100,000 new cartridges.  A total of 60 anti-riot water cannon vehicles (TOMA) are also planned to be bought through the same tender.

The Supply and Maintenance Department, which is preparing the bid, plans to purchase the cartridges and armoured vehicles through the Prime Ministry discretionary fund, in case the Treasury responds negatively on a new budget.

Due to the agreement with Katmerciler Enclosed INDUSTRY & TRADE INC., TOMAs are priced at $ 5,150,000 per unit. Although, tear gas is prices may vary per deal basis, they cost approximately $40 a cartridge. According to this the police force will spend $ 309,000,000 on TOMAs and $ 4,000,000 on tear gas and exceed its budget by $ 313,000,000.

 

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