French ophthalmologists write to President to demand moratorium on disabling weapons

French ophthalmologists demand moratorium on use of bullet defence launchers

Dozens of French ophthalmologists have written to the country’s President, Emmanuel Macron, to call for a moratorium on the use of bullet defence launchers (LBD).

The 35 ‘renowned ophthalmologists’ have condemned the use of LBD, which are non-lethal or ‘disabling weapons’, during the recent Yellow Vest protests that have rocked the country and have seen twenty cases of serious eye trauma.

Since the start of the Yellow Vest movement, more than 13,000 shots of LBD were recorded, and 2,200 demonstrators have been injured.

In the letter, which was originally sent to President Macron but later released to the French Le Journal du Dimanche (JDD) due to lack of response, they said: ‘Mr President, such an “epidemic” of serious eye injuries has never occurred before.’

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