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Members of a rowdy group of demonstrators drag a portable toilet onto the roadway during protests in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown near Ferguson, Missouri August 18, 2014.
Members of a rowdy group of demonstrators drag a portable toilet onto the roadway during protests in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown near Ferguson, Missouri August 18, 2014.
(Lucas Jackson/REUTERS)

Rifles, tear gas, riots: Ferguson is the American Spring

Rags dipped in vinegar apparently provide some relief against the effects of tear gas. Or at least that was the advice one Egyptian revolutionary offered his counterparts in Missouri on social media this week.

Among some people living in parts of the world where violent confrontation between demonstrators and armed authority figures is commonplace, the ongoing unrest in Ferguson, Missouri has taken on a nickname – the American Spring.