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Chile arrests 43 people suspected of stoking some of the forest fires

Monday, January 30th 2017 - 11:36 UTC
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Authorities in Chile have detained 43 people suspected of stoking some of the deadly forest fires that have killed 11 people and destroyed large swaths of land, according to President Michelle Bachelet. Read full article


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  • ElaineB

    What kind of moron would deliberately start a fire?

    Jan 30th, 2017 - 01:18 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • pgerman

    Mapuches...always causing troubles....

    Jan 30th, 2017 - 02:31 pm - Link - Report abuse -8
  • Briton

    Perhaps a very long prison stay will stop them.

    Jan 30th, 2017 - 02:46 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Vaca_Muerta_peTroLLium

    “What kind of moron would deliberately start a fire?”

    They should ask the British for top-notch expertise:

    Jan 30th, 2017 - 03:27 pm - Link - Report abuse +3
  • ElaineB


    You are the expert on being a moron.

    Jan 30th, 2017 - 04:10 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Marti Llazo

    We see that the chilean justice system has already started releasing those apprehended for the fires. It remains to be seen whether those detained were just “the usual suspects” and done for political theatre.

    Jan 30th, 2017 - 04:18 pm - Link - Report abuse -3
  • Vaca_Muerta_peTroLLium

    I was just saying Elaine, I did have a point though lol.

    Jan 30th, 2017 - 04:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • golfcronie

    It is probably the Argies, like desecrating the cementary in the FALKLANDS

    Jan 30th, 2017 - 05:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Heisenbergcontext

    People do this all the time, for various reasons; the most common being the power they feel from inspiring a significant public response, the commitment of significant public resources, intense media focus and considerable impact on many members of the public. The arsonist tells themselves: 'I did this'.

    It happens

    Jan 31st, 2017 - 12:17 am - Link - Report abuse +2
  • ElaineB

    @ Heisenbergcontext

    And that is why they need to be taken out of society for a long time.

    Jan 31st, 2017 - 09:14 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marti Llazo

    Media in Chile today are reporting that the government there is publicly saying they don't believe at this time that there is organised terrorism involved. They say that the police are working on “ 4 hypotheses” for origins of the fires: deliberate agricultural burning during burning bans, faulty electrical system maintenance, out of control campfires and similar accidents, and uncoordinated pyromaniacs. The media have mentioned that the government characterised some of those detained in the matter as being street-people (homeless, as some of you say) and with serious mental problems. (The latter category, of mentally ill street people, is a shileno expression for “soon to be released back to the streets regardless of culpability.” )

    Jan 31st, 2017 - 11:20 am - Link - Report abuse -3
  • Heisenbergcontext


    Yes, they do. Unfortunately, eventually most are released, and like most sex offenders the sense of power they get from their offending is addictive. The amount of damage a serial arsonist can do is astounding.

    Jan 31st, 2017 - 12:21 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Marti Llazo

    In the Chilean media: more arrests in the fires, but this time, employees (actually, subcontractors) of an electrical utility. Apparently they were cutting vegetation near power lines and some of those cuttings ignited as a result. The new arrests of those workers is in addition to the limited detention (can't leave the country) of six power-company executives.

    Feb 06th, 2017 - 02:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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