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Hong Kong officials apologised to Muslim leaders today after riot police sprayed a mosque and bystanders with a water cannon while trying to contain pro-democracy demonstrations in the semi-autonomous Chinese city.
The city's leader, Chief Executive Carrie Lam, and its police chief visited the Kowloon Mosque to say sorry to the chief imam and Muslim community leaders.
Mosque - Leaders - Reporters - Officials
They left without commenting but the mosque leaders told reporters that the officials apologised.
'Our mosque is not damaged, nothing is done wrong. Only thing is that they should have not done it. For that they apologised so we accept it,' said Saeed Uddin, honorary secretary of the Islamic Community Fund of Hong Kong.
Sunday - Protest - Police - Water - Cannon
During Sunday's protest, a police water cannon truck that was passing by the mosque suddenly sprayed a stinging blue-dyed liquid at a handful of people standing in front of its gate, according to a video of the incident shared by pro-democracy lawmaker Jeremy Tam.
The mosque's front steps, metal gate and sidewalk outside were stained with the blue liquid while the people caught in the plume were left gagging, coughing and trying to rinse the solution from their eyes, the video shows.
Volunteers - Monday - Morning - Blue - Coating
Volunteers later arrived to help clean up, and by Monday morning the blue coating was largely gone.
Tam said on his Facebook page that he and two others, an Indian businessman and the head of a charity for ethnic minorities, went to the hospital to check for injuries.
Broadcaster - RTHK - People - Mosque
Local broadcaster RTHK reported the people outside the mosque were there to guard it.
Hong Kong authorities scrambled to minimise the fallout from the incident, which protesters seized on as the latest example of what they call unnecessarily harsh police tactics.
Protesters - Mosque - Sunday - March - Leader
Protesters had said they would not target the mosque in Sunday's march after a leading pro-democracy leader was brutally attacked by masked men last week that the...
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