Hong Kong leader apologizes after riot police fire water cannon at mosque

Hong Kong leader apologizes after riot police fire water cannon at mosque
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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam reportedly apologized to a mosque in the city after riot police sprayed the building with a water cannon while targeting protesters. 

The government said in a statement that Lam “extended an apology for the inadvertent spraying,” according to The Associated Press. 

Lam and the Hong Kong police chief visited the Kowloon Mosque on Monday, the AP reports

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Muslim leaders told reporters they accepted the apology.

“Our mosque is not damaged, nothing is done wrong. Only thing is that they should have not done it. For that they apologized so we accept it,” said Saeed Uddin, honorary secretary of the Islamic Community Fund of Hong Kong, according to the AP. 

The water cannon truck shot blue-dyed water at people outside the mosque, hitting its gate and steps, during protests in Kowloon on Sunday, Reuters reports

It follows months of clashes between police and protesters in Hong Kong. 

Protesters’ demands have grown to call for police accountability and political reforms, stemming from June protests over a bill that would have allowed Hong Kong to detain and transfer wanted people to China. The bill has since been suspended.