(Hong Kong) Representatives from the Muslim community stood in front of Kowloon Masjid and Islamic Centre at 2.30pm today to plead to protesters not to vandalise their premises to show respect to their religion. However, a water cannon vehicle deployed blue dye water cannon on Nathan Road during clearance at around 4.30pm today and it did not stop when it was passing by the mosque. Instead, the exterior of the premises was stained with blue dye water. Moments later at around 5.30pm, protesters helped to clean and removed some of the blue-dye stains left behind.
The Police have all along maintained a good relationship with the Kowloon Mosque and the Muslim community in Hong Kong. The Police respect religious freedom in Hong Kong and will strive to protect all places of worship.
— Hong Kong Police Force (@hkpoliceforce) October 20, 2019
The incident has sparked criticism amongst the local Muslim community leaders. Philip Khan, a local Muslim entrepreneur told reporters that the government failed to respect other religion as the incident was an insult to Muslim. In response, the Police force tweeted that they have all along maintained a good relationship with the Kowloon Mosque and the Muslim community in Hong Kong. The Police respect religious freedom in Hong Kong and will strive to protect all places of worship.
At 9.45pm, plainclothes police entered Kowloon Masjid and Islamic Centre to clean the premises, in particular, the handrail at the entrance.
At 10.15pm, spokesperson for the Kowloon mosque met up with media reporters and expressed that they were satisfied with the police’s response and clean-up. The interiors of the mosque was fully cleaned and there was no collusion with the police with regards to the press statement. They will issue a formal press statement tomorrow.