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Erosion of Civility

In Europe, acid attacks appear to be increasing:


Four American college students were attacked with acid by a woman on Sunday at a train station in southern France, injuring at least two of them, according to the local police.
- AURELIEN BREEDEN, Acid Attack in France Injures at Least 2 American Students, NYT, SEPT. 17, 2017


In August, a man suffered serious injuries and scarring when two men threw acid in his face, reportedly because he refused to buy drugs from them. In July, two teenagers were arrested after carrying out five acid attacks in a little over an hour, in some cases blinding victims astride mopeds and stealing the vehicle. In April, an attack at a nightclub left a dozen people with severe burns to their faces and arms.

The Metropolitan Police reported 455 incidents in 2016 in which a corrosive substance was used, a sharp increase from 265 in 2015 and 174 in 2014.
- ELLEN BARRY, Six Burned in Acid Attack as Groups Clash in East London, NYT, SEPT. 23, 2017




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