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Observe Myanmar PD torching a bunch of heroine and coke.
Whilst some nations celebrated Monday's International Day against Narcotics Abuse by starting anti-drug campaigning or organising awareness raising activities, three Southeast Asian nations took a completely different approach: the incineration of approximately $1.1 billion in illegal narcotics, which includes heroine, coke, opium as well as cannabis. Sixty-five thousand cases of narcotics, of which 169 kilos of heroine and 12 kilos of coke, were burnt in an incineration plant in Thailand, the Bangkok Post said.
It is the forty-seventh anniversary of this "burning ceremony". Cambodia officers used long wood rods to light almost 127 kilos of narcotics, stacked in a crate of ceremonies adorned with the nation's colours, namely pink and white canvas. However, the most complex combustion ceremonies were held in Myanmar's capitol Yangon.
An Associated Press video shows $220 million dollars in opium, heroine, cocaine and methamphetamines pills piled on top of each other in stands bearing the uppercase stimulant labels in England. In the AP video, they play popular tunes while the fire is raging and large puffs of tobacco are being sent into the outdoors.
Another video from the Telegraph, a UK paper, shows policemen taking photos of the fire while the men line up to toss marihuana links and liquefied bottle (which are becoming more and more frequent in the country) into a well. The rituals seem strange, but they mirror a real issue that all three nations are grappling with in despair.
Burma and Thailand are part of the Golden Triangle, a land known for the manufacture and trade of opioum (Laos is the third country). Myanmar in particular is the world's second biggest manufacturer of opioum, accounting for 25 per cent of global supplies. The Yangon police chief, Win Naing, said to the general population during the incineration of drugs that drugs have been produced every year since 2006, the Telegraph said.
Myanmar's administration has tried to fight the growing stream of narcotics across its border, but the industrial sector is deep-seated (a heritage from decade-long warfare) and hard to stop. On the one hand, there are large areas within Myanmar (many of them drug-producing areas) under the control of insurgent groups.
Rakhine, a state under siege, where Myanmar's administration allegedly perpetrated "mass atrocities" against the Rohingya ethnic group, is just one of several anti-Myanmar campaign. According to a 2016 US State Department statement, these disputes have significantly restricted the government's capacity to eradicate long-standing drugs trafficking cartels. To date, the U.S. Department of State has not been able to prevent these wars.
There is also the issue of goverment corrupt. "Bribery is ubiquitous in both the economy and the government," the Foreign Ministry said in a 2015 Myanmar survey. The Myanmar administration continues to fight for the necessary powers and machinery to eradicate a paralyzing drugs scourge.