Craig Morrison and Martin Bright reported a story in yesterday’s observer that the British Government authorised the use of ‘CR’ or Dibenzoxazepine- a skin irritant 10 times more powerful than other tear gases – in 1973. There have been allegations that this chemical was used at long Kesh in 1974 and he reports that “More than 50 of the prisoners at Long Kesh who claim to have been sprayed with the chemical have died or have developed cancerous illnesses.” The story is also carried in today’s Irish News which reports that the MOD refused to comment.
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