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Rubber bullets should not be used against protesters, experts agree

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Although rubber bullets are a traditionally used method of “non-lethal” crowd control, medical experts have spoken out against their use.

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“Most simply can not be used safely against crowds.”

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A 2017 study in BMJ Open found that, out of nearly 2000 rubber bullet injuries, 300 of led to permanent disabilities.

That same study found that

53 people died

from their rubber bullet injuries.

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To learn more about the science surrounding rubber bullets, read Inverse’s deep dive.