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本日下午約四時半，香港警察向九龍清真寺及寺外民眾以水炮車（即警方所指的人群管理特別用途車輛）發射藍色水劑 。印度協會前主席 Mohan Chugani 先生、立法會議員譚文豪先生、融樂會總幹事張鳳美女士，本會一名香港巴基斯坦裔會員，及多位民眾被射中不適送院；清真寺亦被水炮車有色液體染污。根據傳媒片段所見，當時九龍清真寺一帶已無示威者聚集，亦無如警方聲明中所指的暴徒。融樂會對警方不負責任及魯莽的行動感到極之憤慨，要求警方清晰交代，並立即向受害者及清真寺道歉。
最後，融樂會亦感謝各方朋友事後前往九龍清真寺，自發幫忙清潔被染污的設施。無分種族、宗教、膚色，只要擁抱平等、自由、多元價值，我們都是香港這片土地的一分子。誠如《立場新聞》一篇少數族裔的專訪提到：「不論你在哪裡出生，只要愛香港，就是香港人。So we need to stand together, as Hongkonger.」
Hong Kong Unison condemns Hong Kong Police targeting the Kowloon Mosque and people with water cannon
At around 4:30pm today, Hong Kong Police sprayed the Kowloon Mosque and the people standing guard outside of the Mosque with water cannon filled with blue dye. Mr. Mohan Chugani, Former Chair of India Association, Mr. Jeremy Tam, Legislative Council Member, Ms. Phyllis Cheung, Executive Director of Hong Kong Unison and a Hong Kong Pakistani member of Unison, as well as many who were at the scene safeguarding the Mosque were sprayed by the cannon and got injured. The Mosque was dyed blue by the water cannon (so-called Specialised Crowd Management Vehicle by the police). According to media footage, there were no protestors gathering around the Kowloon Mosque at that time, and there were no "rioters" on the scene as claimed by the statement released by the Police. Hong Kong Unison is outraged by the Police's unjustifiable and rash action, and demands the Police to explain their actions, as well as immediately apologize to all victims and the Mosque.
Our Executive Director describes that at the time of the incident there were only a dozen of well-meaning people standing outside the Mosque to protect it from possible vandalism and attack. There was no provocation or attack against any members of the police. Just before the incident, Ms. Cheung was conveying a message to the Mosque reminding the worshipers inside to immediately close the front doors and to remove children from the scene. Soon after, the police water cannon approached the site, stopped abruptly and blasted Ms. Cheung and others present with water cannon filled with stinging dye. They were unable to open their eyes and their skin stung painfully as a result. Some were unwell and hospitalized.
The Police deployed water cannon unprovoked and without warning causing injuries to innocent people. The Police dirtying facilities of the Mosque with blue dye without cause is an act of insult against religious grounds and a disturbance of religious freedom. Hong Kong Unison strongly condemns the Police for its unreasonable act and demands the Police for a public apology and explanation, especially to both the victims and the Mosque.
Lastly, Unison is grateful to see hongkongers initiated to clean the contaminated facilities in the Kowloon Mosque. Regardless of ethnicity, religion, skin colour, as long as we embrace the value of equality, freedom and diversity, we are all part of Hong Kong. As remarked in an interview by a local ethnic minority in the Stand News, ‘No matter where you were born, as long as you love Hong Kong, you are a Hongkonger. So we need to stand together, as Hongkonger.’
Hongkongers, we stand as one, not one less.
20 October, 2019