The last time the gates closed at Whitehead detention centre
Prison officers close the gates for the last time at Whitehead detention centre near Ma On Shan.
The infamous camp housed a maximum of 22,000 asylum-seekers during its eight-year life and witnessed hunger strikes and rioting. In April, 1994, security forces launched a dawn raid to remove 1,500 Vietnamese boat people, sparking a riot in which 250 rounds of tear-gas were fired and more than 300 inmates injured, some beaten by guards.
In 1996 about 100 detainees escaped during another riot. China, insisting the boat people were a colonial problem, wanted all the camps cleared by the handover.