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Over 80 arrested in 'orange-clad gang' disturbance in Ho Chi Minh City

Over 80 arrested in 'orange-clad gang' disturbance in Ho Chi Minh City

Saturday, November 14, 2020, 09:42 GMT+7
Over 80 arrested in 'orange-clad gang' disturbance in Ho Chi Minh City
Suspects are detained after an attack in Binh Tan District in this photo supplied by Ho Chi Minh City police.

Criminal investigation police in Ho Chi Minh City have captured and prosecuted more than 80 suspects with alleged ties to a disturbance made by an 'orange-clad gang' in Binh Tan District, a source told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Thursday.

As revealed by a preliminary inspection, the incident occurred at around 8:30 pm on June 5, when an armed gang clothed in orange arrived at the eatery Oc Huong in Binh Tan District.

After hurling curses, they proceeded to destroy the store’s properties and attack guests before fleeing.

The suspects are facing prosecution for disturbing public order, attempted assault, and attempted property damage.

According to 24-year-old suspect Mai Nguyen Xuan Thanh, the situation arose from his dispute with 24-year-old Vuong Ngoc Phat from Binh Tan District.

Suspect Mai Nguyen Xuan Thanh is seen in this photo supplied by Ho Chi Minh City police.

Suspect Mai Nguyen Xuan Thanh is seen in this photo supplied by Ho Chi Minh City police.

After taunting each other via messages, Thanh and Phat allegedly settled on a real-life confrontation.

Thanh enlisted the help from his gang leader Duong Dai Tri, who in turn recruited thugs from social media and hired some young people to gather force for Thanh’s meetup with Phat.

The majority of the young people recruited by Tri are unemployed internal migrants in Ho Chi Minh City.

Duong Dai Tri (second from right) is seen in this photo.

Duong Dai Tri (second right) is seen in this photo.

As the members of the cohort did not know one another, they were instructed to wear uniform orange tops to distinguish allies from enemies during pre-arranged fights.

They marched toward the Oc Huong eatery after hearing reports of Phat and his gang leader Tran Thanh Tuan being there.

After not finding the foes, the gang proceeded to ransack the beverage joint and attack a guest.

Local investigators are interrogating the suspects, collecting documents and further probing the case.

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Xuan Tung - Son Binh / Tuoi Tre

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