Hong Kong’s beleaguered leader and police force have apologised to the local Islamic community for spraying the entrance to the city’s biggest mosque with blue solution from a water cannon while dealing with anti-government protests at the weekend.
They insisted the soaking at Kowloon Mosque was an accident, according to the community representatives.
Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and Stephen Lo Wai-chung visited the place of worship a day after disturbances erupted in Tsim Sha Tsui and neighbouring areas.
On Sunday, protesters took over roads and vandalised property across Kowloon as the unrest – sparked by opposition to a since-withdrawn extradition bill – entered its 20th straight weekend.
The force came under fire after the water cannon stopped and sprayed a solution laced with blue dye over the Nathan Road mosque’s entrance and front steps.
The colouring is intended to make it easier to catch frontline protesters after a crowd disperses.
Officers categorised it as an accident and did not immediately offer an apology in a statement later that evening.