Jump to content
BANGKOK
Sign in to follow this  
Joel Barlow

Fires At Doi Tung

Recommended Posts

Sunday, last day of Songkran, Bangkok Post:

"Third Army officials based at Doi Tung think the fires may be the latest strategies of drug traffickers (they have evidence in two cases)-diversionary tactics to send authorities scrambling while they bring heroin and amphetamines over the border or bury them along the region's main transport routes.

Others believe the blazes are being set by the region's newly educated, uniquely brash breed of hill tribe teens (besides tendencies to drink, smoke, and ride around on motorbikes, some are said to abuse their parents) on a rebellious streak.

Other speculate it's profit-hungry businessman on the outside paying villagers to conduct burn-offs and grow crops on the inside. Some villagers had even suggested that it is the fire fighters themselves, who despite having not been paid since last October, are starting them as a means of job security (Puangroi found this one particularly absurd).

The theory which seems to be the most often circulated, but also the most vaguely discussed, is that a group of individuals has a conflict with some authority, official policy, or other force that they have no means to fight other than by setting fires. A number of figures interviewed acknowledged that various authorities will unfairly harass hill tribe villagers, simply because they have the power to do so. "

Wow - that last one really says something...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I heard one story a few years back that a certain species of mushroom will only grow after a fire .. and the mushrooms are expensive.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I heard is was not like that at all. Something to do with budgets and payments (wink wink)... :o

Sunday, last day of Songkran, Bangkok Post:

"Third Army officials based at Doi Tung think the fires may be the latest strategies of drug traffickers (they have evidence in two cases)-diversionary tactics to send authorities scrambling while they bring heroin and amphetamines over the border or bury them along the region's main transport routes.

Others believe the blazes are being set by the region's newly educated, uniquely brash breed of hill tribe teens (besides tendencies to drink, smoke, and ride around on motorbikes, some are said to abuse their parents) on a rebellious streak.

Other speculate it's profit-hungry businessman on the outside paying villagers to conduct burn-offs and grow crops on the inside. Some villagers had even suggested that it is the fire fighters themselves, who despite having not been paid since last October, are starting them as a means of job security (Puangroi found this one particularly absurd).

The theory which seems to be the most often circulated, but also the most vaguely discussed, is that a group of individuals has a conflict with some authority, official policy, or other force that they have no means to fight other than by setting fires. A number of figures interviewed acknowledged that various authorities will unfairly harass hill tribe villagers, simply because they have the power to do so. "

Wow - that last one really says something...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

As an Australian I'm aware that anywhere with a hot dry season has bushfires as part of the annual cycle. There are certainly Australian trees and shrubs that need fire for their seeds to germinate. Having said that, fires and human settlement don't get along, nomads don't have a problem, they just move out the way but man the house builder cannot.

Firelighting as a criminal act has a long and complex history; the motives can be as diverse as revenge and sexual gratification.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sexual gratification? Brings a whole new meaning to the question "Do you smoke after sex?"

Edited to removed unwanted emoticon

Edited by PhilHarries

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

:o:D:D

Sexual gratification? Brings a whole new meaning to the question "Do you smoke after sex?"

Edited to removed unwanted emoticon

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Sexual gratification? Brings a whole new meaning to the question "Do you smoke after sex?"

Edited to removed unwanted emoticon

Yes. A small percentage of arsonists actually masturbate at the crime scene.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Sexual gratification? Brings a whole new meaning to the question "Do you smoke after sex?"

Edited to removed unwanted emoticon

Yes. A small percentage of arsonists actually masturbate at the crime scene.

Man this must be te hottest sex.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I heard one story a few years back that a certain species of mushroom will only grow after a fire .. and the mushrooms are expensive.

That is the 'Tut' mushroom, and the fire helps its later growth, but they grow after Rain...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...