Britain’s Olympic paranoia targets protests
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Britain to deploy “sonic gun” at Olympics
- UK military to have non-lethal sonic weapon at Olympics
- High-powered loudspeaker used against pirates and protesters
- Britain prepares for biggest peacetime security operation
By Peter Griffiths
Britain’s military will be armed with a sonic device that can be used as a high-volume loudspeaker or a non-lethal weapon to disperse crowds at this summer’s Olympic Games in London, the defence ministry said on Friday.
The equipment, which can project a piercing sound over hundreds of metres causing physical pain, has been used during protests at the G20 summit in Pittsburgh in 2009 and against pirates operating off the Somali coast.
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