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Ban protesters from wearing masks, lawmaker suggests

Ban protesters from wearing masks and spray them with “non-washable coloured water” Legislative Council member Elizabeth Quat Pui-fan suggested on Thursday, according to Apple Daily.

Quat attended a DAB anti-rioting petition event on Thursday at which pro-establishment figures vowed to “crack down on rioters and safeguard Hong Kong.”

She said she was looking into tactics used abroad for riots, which included spraying protesters with coloured dye and banning masks. There were a lot of complaints from front-line police officers about insufficient defence gear, she said.

She also questioned why it was taking so long to equip the police with water cannons.

Elizabeth Quat Pui-fan

Elizabeth Quat Pui-fan. Photo: Apple Daily.

The police were too tolerant in “not using tear bombs or rubber bullets,” Quat said. She added that there were plain-clothed police that night because the police force lacked enough defensive gear.

The lawmaker also wrote a letter to the President of the Legislative Council Jasper Tsang Yok-Sing on Thursday asking him to commence emergency oral questioning over the Mong Kok unrest.

In the letter, she said that “localists” urged people to attack the police and that “the next conflict will happen at any time.” It is expected that Tsang will decide whether to approve the request next Tuesday.

DAB anti rioting petition campaign

DAB campaign at Central on Thursday. Photo: Francis Moriarty

Other pro-establishment lawmakers also spoke about the events on Monday. Priscilla Leung Mei-fun told RTHK that she was worried that “the youth think the police are their enemy” and that “there is a more mature political force behind the students” who take part in student-led political movements.

Ban protesters from wearing masks, lawmaker suggests