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August 18, 1989 | From Associated Press
A group of 121 Vietnamese returned Thursday to the land they fled, marking the largest voluntary repatriation of refugees from Hong Kong's teeming camps. Waving handkerchiefs and clutching bags packed with clothes and radios, they boarded a Boeing 737 at Hong Kong's airport and took off for Hanoi. From there, the 46 men, 40 women, 17 boys and 18 girls will be taken to their hometowns and monitored by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.
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June 1, 2000 | Associated Press
Authorities closed Hong Kong's last Vietnamese refugee camp Wednesday, ending the quarter-century boat people saga in the Chinese territory and leaving more than 100 people homeless. At midnight, security guards marched out of the remote camp at Pillar Point before officials pulled the front gate shut and hung a sign announcing its permanent closure.
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July 5, 1989 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, Times Staff Writer
Standing in a crowded Vietnamese refugee camp, British Foreign Secretary Geoffrey Howe on Tuesday gave the strongest indication yet that Britain is proceeding with plans to forcibly deport tens of thousands of "boat people" to Vietnam despite the outspoken objections of the United States. Howe, winding up a three-day visit to Hong Kong, toured two refugee camps, at Whitehead and Shek Kong, a former military air base, where he questioned recent arrivals about conditions in Vietnam.
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May 22, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Hong Kong deported 120 Vietnamese asylum-seekers as part of stepped-up efforts to clear detention camps in the territory before its reversion to China in 1997. The flight of 55 men, 29 women and 36 children to Hanoi was the third in a series of forced repatriations of 600 people this month alone--Hong Kong's biggest deportation program. The majority had been in detention in the territory's prison-like camps for about seven years.
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October 4, 1991 | THUAN LE and KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Orange County's Vietnamese community leaders and congressional delegation expressed shock and suspicion Thursday about a reported offer by the government of Vietnam to accept the forced return of thousands of refugees who have fled to Hong Kong.
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October 3, 1991 | From Associated Press
Vietnam apparently has reversed a longstanding policy and agreed to take back "boat people" who are forcibly returned home, a U.N. official said Wednesday. Tens of thousands of Vietnamese have been denied refugee status but refuse to return home from several Southeast Asian countries and Hong Kong. More than 50,000 in Hong Kong alone are crowded in squalid, violence-ridden camps. To qualify for refugee status, the boat people must be found to be fleeing political persecution.
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November 9, 1991 | CHRISTINE COURTNEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A group of 59 Vietnamese "boat people," some resisting strenuously, were forcibly repatriated today by the Hong Kong government, its first such move in almost two years. Police put the 20 men, 16 women and 23 children under the age of 16 aboard a chartered Hercules C-130 transport plane. The plane took off for Hanoi after an hourlong struggle between police and the returnees.
NEWS
June 1, 2000 | Associated Press
Authorities closed Hong Kong's last Vietnamese refugee camp Wednesday, ending the quarter-century boat people saga in the Chinese territory and leaving more than 100 people homeless. At midnight, security guards marched out of the remote camp at Pillar Point before officials pulled the front gate shut and hung a sign announcing its permanent closure.
NEWS
July 21, 1989 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, Times Staff Writer
Since the Chinese government crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing last month, Hong Kong's nearly 6 million residents have cast a jealous gaze at Macao, long considered the British colony's poor relation across the Pearl River estuary. Seated at his desk at the Macao government hotel school, Alexandre Ho pondered the thin green booklet that is the cause for Hong Kong's envy: a Portuguese passport.
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January 25, 1990 | From Associated Press
A 30-nation conference on Vietnamese "boat people" broke up in disarray Wednesday after U.S. and Vietnamese delegates balked at a compromise starting date for the forced repatriation to Vietnam of those denied refugee status. The United States last week dropped its outright opposition to mandatory repatriation of Vietnamese who are found to be economic migrants. But it told the closed, U.N.
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May 23, 1995 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hundreds of placard-toting Vietnamese Americans from Orange County marched at the British Consulate General's office here Monday, demanding humane treatment for Vietnamese refugees in Hong Kong following a weekend clash. On Friday, a 13-hour struggle broke out when 1,500 refugees from the Whitehead Detention Center were transferred to High Island, apparently in preparation for their repatriation, said Angus Mackay, spokesman for the British Consulate General.
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June 20, 1992 | CHRISTINE COURTNEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Thirty-eight Vietnamese boat people were repatriated to their Communist homeland Friday under a new accord with Vietnam allowing Hong Kong to clear its crowded refugee camps. Five of the deportees had to be dragged aboard the transport plane that carried the boat people back to Hanoi. Twenty-five of the deportees had volunteered for repatriation, including eight who were serving jail terms for crimes committed in Hong Kong.
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December 21, 1991 | THUAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trung Ta, 70, has come from Canada to fast for 48 hours under a tent in Westminster's Little Saigon. He and four Vietnamese residents from the county started a fast Friday to protest the forced repatriation of refugees staying in camps in Hong Kong. The fast is sponsored by the Vietnamese Community of Southern California.
NEWS
November 9, 1991 | CHRISTINE COURTNEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A group of 59 Vietnamese "boat people," some resisting strenuously, were forcibly repatriated today by the Hong Kong government, its first such move in almost two years. Police put the 20 men, 16 women and 23 children under the age of 16 aboard a chartered Hercules C-130 transport plane. The plane took off for Hanoi after an hourlong struggle between police and the returnees.
NEWS
October 19, 1991 | CHRISTINE COURTNEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Britain and Vietnam appear on the verge of signing an agreement that would pave the way for the mandatory repatriation of Vietnamese "boat people" who have been denied entry to Hong Kong. The worsening problem of the boat people led to discussions in Hanoi at the end of September among the British, Hong Kong and Vietnamese governments and the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.
NEWS
October 4, 1991 | THUAN LE and KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Orange County's Vietnamese community leaders and congressional delegation expressed shock and suspicion Thursday about a reported offer by the government of Vietnam to accept the forced return of thousands of refugees who have fled to Hong Kong.
NEWS
December 18, 1989
More than 300 Vietnamese-Americans quietly demonstrated Sunday in front of the British Consulate in Los Angeles, protesting last week's forced repatriation of Vietnamese refugees from the British colony of Hong Kong. Demonstrators received no response from inside the closed consulate offices on Wilshire Boulevard. They held signs, flags from the Republic of Vietnam, which fell to Vietnamese Communists in 1975, and a six-foot version of the Statue of Liberty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1991 | THUAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trung Ta, 70, has come from Canada to fast for 48 hours under a tent in Westminster's Little Saigon. He and four Vietnamese residents from the county started a fast Friday to protest the forced repatriation of refugees staying in camps in Hong Kong. The fast is sponsored by the Vietnamese Community of Southern California.
NEWS
October 3, 1991 | From Associated Press
Vietnam apparently has reversed a longstanding policy and agreed to take back "boat people" who are forcibly returned home, a U.N. official said Wednesday. Tens of thousands of Vietnamese have been denied refugee status but refuse to return home from several Southeast Asian countries and Hong Kong. More than 50,000 in Hong Kong alone are crowded in squalid, violence-ridden camps. To qualify for refugee status, the boat people must be found to be fleeing political persecution.
NEWS
July 2, 1991 | Reuters
Britain has pledged $3.75 million to help the United Nations deal with an alarming influx of Vietnamese "boat people" into Hong Kong. About 54,800 boat people are crammed into Hong Kong camps.
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