Fighting Protesters With Colored Water

We have all seen photos of protesters being doused with water cannons by the police. But why would the police spray protesters with colored water? Simple: to identify and arrest them later.

Police spray Ugandan opposition party leaders with colored water during demonstrations in the capital Kampala. President Yoweri Museveni has vowed to crush the protests and blamed rising food and fuel costs on drought and global increases in oil prices.

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Indian policemen fire purple colored water from a water cannon on Kashmir government employees during a protest on April 06, 2011 in Srinagar.

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A man holding a Palestinian flag is sprayed by Israeli police during a protest in the West Bank village of Bilin.

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Riot police fire water cannons towards protesters during a rally against U.S. President George W. Bush’s visit on August 5, 2008, in Seoul, South Korea.

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