Former Civic Party lawmaker Tanya Chan Suk-chong found her way to a noodle shop in Mong Kok blocked by police early Sunday.
Police said the shop was within a restricted area, Apple Daily reported Monday.
Officers have been stationed in Mong Kok as activists gather there to “go shopping”, a new form of protest that emerged after police cleared the Occupy site in the area.
Chan, a barrister and party vice-chairman, asked if each and every citizen planning to visit the noodle shop on Mong Kok Road must have his or her identity card number registered by the police.
She requested that the officers disclose their police ID numbers and explain the scope of the restriction zone and where authorization for it came from.
After 30 minutes of negotiation, the police gave up and removed the restriction on access to the noodle shop.
A crowd that gathered gave Chan a huge round of applause.
That night in Mong Kok, police arrested an auxiliary police officer among a group of people who said they were shopping on Sai Yeung Choi Street South.
Officers surrounded them and asked them to show their ID cards.
The police released those who complied and arrested 20 people who refused to do so.
The off-duty auxiliary officer was among those arrested.
The 42-year-old woman has been suspended from her duties and must report to police early next month.
There were 14 males and six females aged between 15 and 65 among those arrested on suspicion of taking part in an unlawful assembly.
Independent Police Complaints Council member Eric Cheung Tat-ming said police officers have the right to stop anyone they deem suspicious and to inspect their ID cards.
However, police must have sufficient reason to make an arrest or detain a person, Cheung said.
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