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Arrests made amid protest as CIB launches 2nd crackdown of 2014

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) launched the second large-scale crackdown on gangsters this year when it lent police forces to patrol the streets filled with protesters against the cross-strait trade pact.

On Monday, pro-unification former gangster Chang An-lo (張安樂), also known as the “White Wolf,” rallied around 500 people who support the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement in an attempt to enter the Legislative Yuan. As many of Chang's followers were suspected of gang-related activities, the police were watchful.

The protesters were not to harm the students in any way, said the CIB, which placed a human wall to prevent the students and Chang's followers from interacting with each other, also recording the event using a number of surveillance cameras.

Police were caught between pro-trade pact protesters and anti-trade pact protesters, both of whom hurled insults at one another. Police kept the two parties separated and the pro-trade pact group away from the Legislative Yuan complex.

Aside from the cautionary measures taken at the site of the protests, the CIB had also searched 2,276 locations through the nation and listed as many as 269 suspects, including 11 gang leaders of the “Zhong-lien Group” and 58 followers.

The police released a warning before the searches, calling for gangsters not to participate in the protests as they would be arrested once a law was broken, regardless of their political preferences.

One of the arrested, surnamed Chang, claimed to be the chairman of the group and allegedly interfered in citizen disputes, construction cases and mortgage disagreements by threatening his victims with violence. His son, claiming to be the vice chairman, was arrested as well.

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