HONG KONG, CHINA - AUGUST 31: Police fire a water cannon at protesters outside the government headquarters on August 31, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. Pro-democracy protesters have continued demonstrations across Hong Kong since 9 June against a controversial bill which allows extraditions to mainland China as the ongoing protests surpassed the Umbrella Movement five years ago, becoming the biggest political crisis since Britain handed its onetime colony back to China in 1997. Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam apologized for introducing the bill and declared it "dead", however the campaign continues to draw large crowds to voice their discontent while many end up in violent clashes with the police as protesters show no signs of stopping. (Photo by Billy H.C. Kwok/Getty Images)

Without getting into the politics of the 6-month long, ongoing protests in Hong Kong, I just want to shed light on something the police force started using recently on protesters. I’m torn on whether this is a human rights issue, or if it’s a smart way to capture bad people when it’s not immediately possible.

This is similar to what banks and financial institutions do with their loads of cash; money bags in banks are booby-trapped with a blue dye dispenser so if a burglar successfully escapes with cash, they will be marked with a blue dye that is impossible to remove. Watch this video (below) to see exactly what I’m talking about.

You’ll notice a few interesting things going on here. The blue dye spraying is obviously the focus of this blog, but watch further and you’ll see protesters respond with their own innovative techniques.

  • Protesters used traffic cones to cover up tear gas bombs the police through at them.
  • To combat the blue dye water cannons, the protesters brought along baking soda and alcohol wipes
  • They also used umbrellas to shield themselves from the spraying
  • Protesters used laser pointers in an attempt to confuse and deter police

Despite Hong Kong Police placing a ban on rallying and protesting, protesters continue to rally in the Chinese city. DISCLAIMER: This video is not new, however, protests continue in the ‘Special Administrative Region’ of China.

By Marc Charles

Marc Charles has worked in Radio and Media since 2005. Marc has been active in media in Detroit, Ohio, Canada, and Florida. When he's not blogging for Money Talk Radio, he covers UFC and Boxing at big events, and with his weekly radio show The Octagram. Follow Marc on social media @MarcCharlesMMA & @TheOctagramMMA.