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Pongsak Preechawit and his deputy invited the school children along with dozens of others to lead the way in setting fire to the ganja that had been collected by the cops in 261 busts over the last two years, reported Thairath.
Car tires were intermingled among the blocks of compressed dope and fans were set up to help it burn more easily. The drugs were raised off the ground on a metal frame in a joint operation set up by police and soldiers.
Even so the fire is expected to burn for two days – and a 24 hour guard will be in place just in case the drugs gangs fancy trying to get their wares back.
The governor used the opportunity to remind the public of the illegality and danger of the drug trade.