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強烈譴責香港警察無故向九龍清真寺及寺外民眾發射水炮

2019/10/20 — 22:34

2019年10月20日,警方在彌敦道發射水炮,九龍清真寺被射中染藍

2019年10月20日,警方在彌敦道發射水炮,九龍清真寺被射中染藍

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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。

根據本會總幹事所描述,事發時現場只餘十數名熱心市民為保護清真寺不受惡意襲擊而駐足清真寺外,全程未有挑釁、或攻擊任何警方人員。事發之前,張女士正向清真寺傳話,提醒寺內的群眾盡快關門,及將小孩帶離現場。其後水炮車駛至,突然停下,開水炮攻擊張女士及其他民眾,使其無法張開眼睛、皮膚感到強烈灼痛,部份人士最後不適送院。警方在無故、無預警的情況下使用水炮車傷及無辜市民。警方以藍色水劑在沒有合埋情況下染污清真寺設施,乃侮辱宗教場所及侵擾宗教自由之舉。融樂會強烈譴責警方、要求警方立即向受害者及寺方道歉,並就其舉動作出清晰交代。

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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.」

讓我們不要忘記彼此。口罩背後的顏色並不重要,重要的是我們所擁抱的色彩。

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齊上,齊落。

香港融樂會
二零一九年十月二十日

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

 

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