The last samurai
Recent copy-cat attacks have refreshed memories of a brutal machete-wielding gang that terrorised Chiang Mai a decade ago. But, largely thanks to the efforts of one concerned grandmother, police say gang violence in the city is a thing of the past
When Pam, a 25-year-old hotel worker, returns home around midnight after her shift in downtown Chiang Mai, her biggest fear is encountering a notorious local gang of machete-wielding teens.
Recent attacks by a gang of ethnic Tai Yai youths have revived memories of the notorious motorcycle gangs which numbered in their thousands in their heyday and held the city in fear for over a decade as they launched lethal paybacks against each other.
"I don't feel safe at night when commuting home by motorcycle. The Samurai Gang in town is out at night attacking innocent people for no reason. That makes me terrified," Pam said of the recent violence.
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