2 drunk Burmese, American-Korean assault reporter, harass woman at Kaohsiung 7-Eleven

3 intoxicated foreign fishermen assault reporter, harass woman at 7-Eleven in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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(By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Three foreign fishery workers were arrested this morning after they disturbed the peace, assaulted a reporter, and harassed a woman in front of a 7-Eleven in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, reported CNA.

A preliminary investigation by the Yancheng Branch of the Kaohsiung Police Department showed that the three men involved in the altercation included two Burmese nationals and an American-Korean. At 2 a.m. this morning, after drinking heavily at a 7-Eleven on Wufu 4th Road in Kaohsiung City, one of the Burmese men sat on a sidewalk and started to cause a disturbance, prompting neighbors to call the police.

When police arrived on the scene, they tried to persuade the bare-chested man to leave. However, he refused and when police tried to take him into custody, he violently resisted.

A struggle ensued and police used pepper spray to subdue him and arrested him. The second Burmese man then joined his compatriot in the squad car.

A shipping company agent then appeared at the police station and took the two Burmese men back to the company.

Unexpectedly, when reporters arrived on the spot to interview witnesses, the shirtless American-Korean man became highly agitated and began to assault the journalists. In an attempt to stop a reporter from filming him with his hand-held camera, he tried to wrestle it away from him.

During the tussle, the camera's dust cover was damaged. Police then restrained the American-Korean man and also took him into custody.

Because the man is still unconscious after excessive drinking, he is still being detained at the police station. Police said that he will be charged with violating the Social Order Maintenance Act (社會秩序維護法).

A woman also reported that before he had clashed with the reporters, the American-Korean man had also harassed her. The woman said that when she looked at him, he made a menacing gesture.

She said she at first stood still, but when he burst out running towards her, she ran towards her home, reported SETN.