Hong Kong police are spraying protesters with blue-dye water cannons to mark them for arrest later

ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty ImagesWater cannons coloured with blue dye spray protesters.
  • Protesters clashed with police in Hong Kong on Saturday as thousands rallied in spite of a police ban on demonstrating.
  • Police put blue dye in water cannons, intended to stain protesters and mark them out for arrest later.
  • The Hong Kong protests, sparked by a proposed extradition bill from mainland China, have been going on for thirteen weeks.
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As flashpoints erupt between protesters and police in Hong Kong, water cannons filled with blue dye are being turned on the protesters.

Hong Kong citizens were out en masse protesting for the thirteenth week in a row on Saturday, despite a police ban on rallying. The protests were sparked in June by a proposed extradition bill by mainland China.

There were flashpoints between the police and protesters on Saturday, with the police deploying tear gas and water cannons, while protesters threw bricks and molotov cocktails, setting fire to barricades.

Hong Kong molotov cocktail policeREUTERS/Tyrone SiuPolice officers walk past a burning molotov cocktail.

Police put blue dye in the water cannons directed at protesters, coating the road in a blue wash. The dye is intended to stain protesters, marking them out for later arrest.

Hong Kong protesters blue dyePHILIP FONG/AFP/Getty ImagesProtesters are engulfed in a spray of blue dye.

Several prominent activists were arrested on Friday ahead of Saturday’s protests, although two were subsequently released on bail. One of the arrested activists, Agnes Chow, shared pictures of the blue jets of water.

Last week Hong Kong police said it had arrested 86 protesters, including a 12-year-old child.

A report emerged earlier this week that Beijing had refused to scrap the extradition bill which sparked the protests thirteen weeks ago.

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