2019.10.21 Police Blasts Mosque With Blue Jets of Water Cannon; Citizens Volunteers to Clean Up

At 4 PM on 20th October, a water cannon truck drove near the Kowloon Masjid and Islamic Centre and fired twice at the mosque despite there being no protestors in black present at the scene, and no one was attempting to clash with police at the time.

 

【警察襲擊清真寺】香港警察以水炮車襲擊尖沙咀清真寺,門外10多位信徒及市民,包括印度協會前主席,融樂會總幹事及譚文豪在內全部被水炮射中。【Police attacked the Kowloon Masjid and Islamic Centre】Multiple citizens were shot by water cannon outside the Kowloon Masjid, and are currently being transported to a hospital to check for injuries. Among the recorded injured are Mohan Chugani, former chairman of the Indian Association of Hong Kong,  Executive Director of the Hong Kong Unison, and Jeremy Tam Man-ho.

Posted by 譚文豪 Jeremy Tam on Sunday, 20 October 2019

After being blasted by blue jets of water, the railings, stairs, light decorations and flower troughs were stained and contaminated by irritating scents and chemicals. The Tsim Sha Tsui area had returned to normal after 5 PM, and citizens voluntarily went to help clean up the mosque.

 

 

In response to the fiasco, senior superintendent Wong Wai Shun defended the use of water cannon truck by claiming that it was done as the lowest degree of force to disperse the crowding protestors, and it was done after careful consideration and in the pretense that alternative solutions were absent. Being a member of ethnic minority in Hong Kong, superintendent Swalikh Mohammed further defended the action, ” our goal was to disperse, and the ultimate goal was to protect the mosque… the water landed at the entrance, and was not directly aimed at the mosque.”

 

Sources in Chinese:

熱血時報 – 水炮車向清真寺方向噴藍水 市民自發清理 

立場新聞 – 警方水炮直射清真寺染藍 巴裔青年感謝市民清潔:大家都是香港人!

蘋果日報 – 【抗暴之戰】水炮車瘋狂發射清真寺變藍 葉劉老點張建宗代警隊道歉

蘋果日報 – 水炮射清真寺 林鄭登門謝罪 警隊道歉不認錯