Taiwan's government launched a nationwide crackdown on organised crime on November 12.
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Background: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
Taiwan's government launched a nationwide crackdown on organised crime on November 12. The operation, jointly conducted by the police, military and the Investigation Bureau, pulled in nearly 200 suspects, by November 22, in what has been described as Taiwan's biggest crackdown on crime for 30 years. The dragnet came in the wake of a government amnesty between May 26 and September 25. Under the terms of the amnesty, gangs controlling gambling, prostitution and protection rackets were offered freedom from prosecution if they promised to give themselves up and go straight. But the government decided to arrest key members of crime syndicates when the deadline of September 25 passed and only 1,500 gangsters had surrendered. Interior Minister Wu Po-hsiung described the crackdown as a beginning and not an end, and said the government was committed to sweeping out all the evil forces in the country.