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'This is too much!': Hakka Affairs chief laments 'police state'

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Hakka Affairs Council Minister Lee Yong-te (李永得) said Sunday he had been stopped without cause by five or six police officers at a convenience store in Taipei.

Lee said the officers had hailed him and demanded to see his identification.

"When did Taipei become a police state? This is too much!" Lee wrote in a post on Facebook, touching off dozens of expressions of concern and surprise.

Police responded later that he and his male companion were at a bus station that was a high-risk area for criminal offenses.

'Lee's peering raised suspicions'

Police said Lee "had been rushing" and had peered at the on-duty officers in a manner that prompted their suspicion.

The pair was reportedly reluctant to present their ID and did not do so even after five minutes of "communication," police said.

Authorities added that they had released him without looking at his documents and that the entire process was conducted in line with the provisions of the law.

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