Thugs Arrested in Tainan City ahead of Municipal Elections

Police in Annan District, Tainan City, arrested 7 men known for violence and intimidation, while police in Yongkang District arrested members of the Bamboo Union Gang, as a pre-election sweep against organized crime continues ahead of this month’s nation-wide municipal elections.

Police described the Annan District group as a “headless dragon” after the gang’s leader, named Chen, was shot down and killed by a debtor being threatened by him in May this year.

According to a Liberty Times report, the group continued to commit acts of violence and intimidation in the district, led by Chen’s deputy, Mr Cheng.

Cheng was arrested along with 6 of his henchman yesterday. Police seized baseball bats, knives, wooden swords and other weapons that had been used to intimidate and beat people who owed money to the gang. They also confiscated IOUs, an account book, an empty gun magazine, mobile phones, and other evidence.

The seven men were handed over to the District Prosecutor to face charges of intimidation, nuisance, injury, and organized crime.

Police said that sweeps against gangs would continue, in order to ensure law and order, and prevent gangs interfering in the municipal elections by intimidation and violence.

Bamboo Union Branch also Raided

Also in Tainan City, Apple Daily reported that the leader of a local branch of the Bamboo Union, named Lee, was arrested along with more than 10 other members yesterday in Yongkang District. The gang was suspected of violent debt collection, and demanding protection money and campaign funds.

In the Yongkang case, police seized air guns, riot guns, baseball bats, golf clubs, 22 packets of ketamine with a total weight of 32.13 grams, account books, and other documents.

guns, bats, and golf clubs
Weapons seized in a raid against members of the Bamboo Union.

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