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More illegal brokers arrested at Huong Pagoda Festival

Update: March, 09/2015 - 11:44
Illegal brokers are held at the police office in Ha Noi's Ung Hoa District for causing chaos at the Huong (Perfume) Pagoda Festival. — Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Thirteen more illegal brokers, who were the main cause for the public chaos at the Huong Pagoda Festival in Ha Noi's Ung Hoa District, have been held, the police said.

With their detention, the number of brokers held in the case has gone up to 33.

Lieutenant Colonel Le Kim Dong, head of the Ha Noi Police Department's crime prevention unit, said that the illegal brokers were caught while trying to follow cars carrying tourists to the pagoda, to convince them to buy entrance tickets or tickets for boating and cable cars.

Twelve motorbikes and mobile phones belonging to the brokers were seized.

Dong added that the brokers usually worked in groups and overcharged visitors for services, causing chaos and disorder, ever since the festival began on the sixth day of the first lunar month (February 24).

The brokers will have to pay fines between VND100,000 and VND300,000 (US$4.7-14.1), and their vehicles will be seized for two months.

About 16,000 visitors have attended the Huong Pagoda Festival, one of the largest of its kind in Viet Nam, this year. The pagoda, located about 60km from downtown Ha Noi, is considered to be Buddha's land and is always very crowded, with people elbowing one another to make their way through.

This year's festival will run till April. — VNS

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