Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 12/05/2011

Egyptians play dead outside U.S. tear gas manufacturer

Egyptians in the United States protested Friday outside Combined Systems Inc., believed to be the manufacturer of the tear gas used by Egyptian security forces in Tahrir Square.

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As part of their protests at the Jamestown, Penn. firm, the Egyptians — joined by Occupy Wall Street activists — lay down on the ground and played dead, Egyptian news site Al-Masry Al-Youm reported. Several demonstrators also wore eye patches to show solidarity with protesters in Cairo who lost their eyes from rubber bullets. Al-Masry Al-Youm reports that some company employees attempted to forcibly remove the protesters.

The protests come on the heels of a week of clashes between demonstrators and security forces in Egypt leading up to the country’s first democratic elections. Protesters have also stood outside Egyptian consulates in New York and Canada, as well as submitted a memo to the White House to ask the United States stop the export of tear gas to Arab states.

Watch a video of the protest at CSI, showing a symbolic march inside the plant:

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