TAIPEI - The National Police Agency recently launched its fifth wave of crackdowns on criminal gangs this year, with the focus being on gangs that have tried to win over construction bids through violent means, according to a report released by the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB).
The police has dispatched its force against seven gangs in the nation, including the Tiandaoming gang (天道盟), the Bamboo Union (竹聯幫), the Four Seas gang (四海幫), three of the largest gangs in Taiwan. A few main figures in these gangs were summoned to police stations for questioning.
One of the them is a man, surnamed Gu, who is a member of the Four Seas gang's central standing committee. Gu reportedly ordered gang members to force local businesses active in a new construction project along the Taiwan High Speed Rail line in Taoyuan.
By means of threats, violence or intimidation, Gu's subordinates tried to take over construction near the railway station. They also charged local businesses with "protection fees" and engaged in violent debt-collection practices.
Yilan County Government's police also uncovered another crime group, headed by a man, surnamed Ruan, whose subordinates also resorted to violent means to win over government construction projects.