Date
23 May 2017
Prince Wong (left, in green skirt) is confronted by two policewomen outside the Fanling MTR station. A police officer records the group's activities. Photo: Scholarism/Facebook
Prince Wong (left, in green skirt) is confronted by two policewomen outside the Fanling MTR station. A police officer records the group's activities. Photo: Scholarism/Facebook

Stop treating us like gangsters, Scholarism tells police

Prince Wong Ji-yuet, spokeswoman of the student group Scholarism, has had another not-so-pleasant encounter with police officers.

Narrating the incident on her Facebook page, Wong asked why police officers insist on treating student activists like gangsters even if they are not committing any violation of the law, Apple Daily reported on Tuesday.

Wong said she and about a dozen fellow members of Scholarism set up a booth at a footbridge outside the Fanling MTR station on Sunday to appeal to passersby to oppose the government’s political reform proposal for the 2017 chief executive election.

Then two policewomen with stern looks confronted them and asked for their Hong Kong identity cards.

Wong told the officers that they should only take down the ID number of the person in charge of the booth, as was the normal practice in the past.

One of the two officers gruffly replied: “That was then, this now.”

But the duo decided to only take down Wong’s ID number.

Later, police officers followed the group to the station, using a video camera to record their activities.

Wong said the actions of the two officers were unacceptable. She said the officers should have shown their badges and given them a convincing reason to demand to see their ID cards.

When asked about the incident, a police spokesman said officers, if they deem it necessary, may ask for identity documents for record and verification purposes.

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