Hundreds of Chinese armed police stormed a banquet and arrested dozens of leaders of two criminal gangs that controlled more than 20 factories in Guangdong.
The gangs were so influential in Yangjiang that a Vice-Minister of Public Security had to order the operation, the Beijing News said.
Police in Yangjiang had been too thoroughly infiltrated by the gangs to be called upon for the raid of the four-storey hotpot restaurant, owned by a ringleader who became a local politician in 2004. [Full Text]
[Image source: The operation involved hundreds of Chinese police officers. Reuters.com]