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Police seize over 2,000 guns during raids last year

Police seize over 2,000 guns during raids last year

Taipei, Jan. 7 (CNA ) Law enforcement personnel around Taiwan seized 2,213 illegal firearms during raids conducted over the past year as part of efforts to prevent violence from marring the Jan. 14 presidential and legislative elections. According to statistics released by the Supreme Prosecutors Office Friday, since last February when the National Police Agency launched its first nationwide crackdown on illegal firearms, the police have as of Jan. 5 cracked 1,860 cases involving the illegal possession of guns and arrested 1,805 suspects. During the latest operation that began Nov. 11, 225 suspected were arrested for illegal firearms possession, the statistics showed. The nationwide crackdown on weapons was initiated last year by Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming, who pledged to do his utmost to prevent violence from tainting elections in the country. "A shooting incident on the eve of the presidential election in 2004, and one before the municipal mayoral elections in 2010 have put Taiwan's democracy to shames," Huang has said. He was referring to the shooting of the then Democratic Progressive Party President Chen Shui-bian and Vice President Annette Lu during their election campaign in 2004, and an incident in 2010 when former Kuomintang Vice President Lien Chan's son, Sean Lien, was shot in the face while stumping for a city councilor candidate in New Taipei. All the victims survived the shootings. To prevent the repeat of similar incidents, law enforcement personnel countrywide were therefore instructed to sweep off violent crimes and election gambling in the runup to the Jan. 14 elections. According to Huang, over the last few months, police have cracked a number of cases, with most of them involving slander, vandalism and threatening behavior. (By Liu Shih-yi and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-07-24 19:03 GMT+08:00