An official with the Ministry of Public Security on Friday said
police will continue to crack down on gambling in order to maintain
social stability and prevent corruption.
Xu Hu, vice director of the ministry's public security bureau,
said since 1999 illegal gambling has become rampant in central and
south China's provinces of Hunan, Hubei and Guangdong.
Xu said illegal gambling has severely affected the local
economy, as some locals have lost all their savings and property
and have been left without resources to continue farming or their
Illegal gambling has also damaged social stability, as some
people have resorted to stealing and robbing and some officials or
state workers have embezzled public funds or taken bribes to cover
their gambling debts, said Xu.
Some officials have even become organizers of illegal gambling
dens or acted as a "protective umbrella" for gambling gangs, he
"Police across the nation will strengthen cooperation to crack
the gangs that run gambling dens and intensify education of
citizens asking them not to become involved in any form of
gambling," said Xu.
Police say they face a difficult task as gangs are well
organized and often run their businesses in the remote
(Xinhua News Agency July 29, 2006)