Gangs a Threat to Taiwan Democracy

Members of Taiwan’s Democratic People’s Party (DPP) have called on the National Police Administration to crack-down on gangs that have been appearing at public meetings and demonstrations, and recently attempted to beat up Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong. DPP legislators believe that China has been covertly working with gangs to undermine Taiwan’s democracy. They called on the NPA to apply ‘an iron hand’ to cut off sources of funding for the gangs by raiding underground casinos, massage parlors, and

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Road Rage Murderer Sentenced to 11 Year Prison Term

[Picture: United Daily News] The driver of a car who chased a motorcyclist for 2 kilometers before running him off the road and killing him, was sentenced to serve 11 years in prison today, Thursday, January 5, 2017. At around 7:00am August 17, 2016, 40 year-old Wu Gou-xiang reversed his car, obstructing 43 year-old motorcyclist, Mr Huang. Mr Huang cursed the driver using the Taiwanese swear word “gan,” which is equated with the English word “f*&k.” Mr Wu flew into

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Evil Landlord Turns to Swindling Foreigners

A woman dubbed the Evil Landlord by Taiwan’s media turned to cheating foreigners after she became too recognizable to locals due to continuous media exposure. Zhang Shujing has a long history of defrauding tenants, and owners, from which she sub-leased properties. As well as crimes related to leasing properties, Zhang also has an extensive criminal record related to underground banking, loan-sharking, intimidation, violence, and embezzlement. In the latest case, Zhang used fake pictures of upscale accommodation to lure foreign travelers.

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Drug Smuggler Gets Suspended Sentence: Prosecutors Dissatisfied

Picture: Wikipedia A Pakistan citizen was handed a sentence of 2 years imprisonment, suspended for 4 years, after attempting to smuggle 4KG of amphetamine from Taiwan to Australia. Prosecutors said they will appeal the lenient sentence. The 21 year-old man surnamed ‘Ba’ (rendered from Chinese), was caught at Taipei Taoyuan airport attempting to board a flight to Sydney, Australia, July 2016. Ba told the court that a man named ‘Ah Hao’ had offered him a free trip to Australia in

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Taiwan’s Largest Cocaine Bust: 218KG Intercepted

[Picture: United Daily News] Customs officials and police in Kaohsiung Harbor intercepted a shipment of cocaine hidden in batteries. The 218.45kg haul is the biggest cocaine bust in the history of Taiwan. Investigators received intelligence that a Taipei-based company had been making shipments of heavy vehicle batteries to Australia. While the batteries have a market-value of barely NTD$10,000, the shipping costs amounted to three times that value. Customs, police and coast guard personnel formed an ad-hoc group to investigate the

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New Taipei City the New Gotham City: Police Begin Crackdown

Cover Picture: United Daily News. New Taipei City police chief Hu Mu-yuan announced the launch a coordinated crackdown on organized crime groups responsible for a spate of street violence that has led commentators to dub New Taipei City as “New Gotham City”. The operation begins tonight, November 30. The call comes after the month of November saw street brawls occur just about every night. There have been twenty six cases of street violence recorded in the city so far this

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Gunfight in Rush Hour Traffic

Cover Picture: United Daily News Police shot a man in Chung-ho District of New Taipei City this morning, after he fired two shots at the officers. Police were carrying out a check on a car that had broken down, and was blocking traffic. After asking the driver to show his ID and drivers’ license, the man pulled a gun on them and fired. One police officer was wounded when a bullet grazed his left hand. The other policeman returned fire,

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Gang-member Arrested after Sub-machine Gun Burst

A member of the Bamboo Union, the biggest triad in Taiwan, was arrested today, after firing a burst from a sub-machine gun into the air outside a community facing the National Palace Museum, in Taipei City. The incident happened at around 3:00am, yesterday, October 21. The man claimed he was in a bad mood, and was just making a passing salute. The community he made the “salute” to is a well-known enclave of Taiwan’s native elite, including wealthy business people,

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Hualien Fisher Chief Bashed Unconscious

The chief of Hualien County Fishermen’s Association was found severely beaten and unconscious after two car loads of masked men took to him with iron rods and baseball bats outside a convenience store in Hualien County, October 16, 2016. The Fisherman Association chairman, Jian Guang-tai (簡光臺) was beaten by the thugs after stopping at a convenience store at around 3:00pm. Police say they are investigating the incident.

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Man Charged with Homicide After Road Rage Murder

The driver of a car who had claimed he hit a motorcycle by accident was charged with murder today after police found he had aggressively chased the motorcyclist for two kilometers before hitting the motorcycle from behind. The driver of the car, surnamed Wu, 39 years-old, called an ambulance after the motorcycle he hit went down and the rider smashed into a concrete utility pole. The motorcyclist, surnamed Huang, 42 years-old, died of internal injuries at the scene. Police became

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Cook Re-Arrested for Attempted Murder of Cop

A teppanyaki cook who was released on bail after a vicious knife attack on a police officer in Banciao yesterday was re-arrested this afternoon, and will remain in custody. Wu Zhizhan (吳志展), 56, attacked the officer with a meat-cleaver after being issued fines for his illegally parked vehicle. Video of the crime shows a vicious and frenzied attack which the police officer was lucky to have survived. Police and the public were shocked to awake to the news this morning

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