A new method to break up violent protests involving the use of an irritant in water cannons is to be implemented by police this year, local media reported.
During a meeting to provide information on the peaceful assembly bill, Chief Inspector of Police Ahmed Shameem told local media that police will add “dye” and “irritant” to water in order to break up protests.
The irritant will be used in water sprayed at protesters, and will cause itching of the skin that can only be relieved when the affected area is washed.
“It will force protesters to temporarily leave the area. The skin will continue to itch until it is washed,” Shameem was quoted as telling Sun Online.
Shameem added that the dye will be used in order to identify protesters who escape the scene after causing damage to property during protests.
The colour will apparently remain on the body for two to three days.
Shameem said that the new substances are not harmful or dangerous and that similar methods are employed by developed countries to break up protests.