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Arrests destroy criminal gang in market

By Zheng Caixiong  (China Daily)

09:05, July 26, 2012

Police in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, on Wednesday announced the arrest of a gang that used violence to monopolize markets in the bustling Luohu district.

Eighteen suspects, including the gang's alleged leader, a 38-year-old identified as Li, have been detained, while two more remain at large, said Pei Chundong, director of criminal investigation for Luohu's public security bureau.

"The gang has been active in Taibai Road, Luohu, for many years," Pei said at a news conference.

Police detained Li and nine other suspects in an operation in March, and detained eight more in May, Pei said. "Many knives, steel pipes and other weapons were seized when police arrested the gang," he said.

"Residents, particularly business representatives, cheered after news of the police action, as it led to great improvement in social order."

A resident who did not want to be named said he used to frequently see gang members fighting with business owners in restaurants and entertainment venues at night.

"Now I have not seen any fighting for a month," he said.

A sauna owner who gave his name only as Chen said businesses had previously been affected by the poor social order in Taibai Road.

Gangsters frequently visited his sauna house to threaten his staff and drive away clients, he said.

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