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TWO gang leaders said to have forced restaurant owners in Yangpu District to buy poor-quality fireworks before the Spring Festival were arrested yesterday.

Yangpu District prosecutors said Huang Hua and Sun Kaiyong, who collected more than 9,000 yuan (US$1,316) from January 11 to 13, had been charged with disturbing the peace.

On January 10, Huang, a Shandong Province native, and Sun, a native from Jiangsu Province, bought cheap fireworks and hired a gang of migrant workers to take them to a street in the Pingliang area lined with seafood restaurants, prosecutors said.

They told the workers to take the boxes into restaurants and owners were asked to pay between 3,000 yuan and 5,000 yuan for the fireworks, prosecutors said. Some owners paid to avoid trouble but others refused.

The two ordered gang members to break the windows of one restaurant whose boss refused to pay, it is alleged, and he then paid 2,000 yuan for fireworks valued at just 200 yuan.

The gang also went to another restaurant to occupy all the tables inside, just ordering peanuts. The restaurant couldn't operate normally until the boss paid for fireworks, according to prosecutors.

Some bars and hostels in the district were also targeted.

Prosecutors said that when a hostel owner refused to buy fireworks, Sun ordered the gang to knock on all the doors and tell the guests that the hostel was closed.

The woman had to beg Sun to get the gang to stop and finally spent 800 yuan on fireworks valued at 100 yuan, it is alleged.




 

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