High Island raid to deport Viets

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 November, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 November, 1994, 12:00am

SECURITY forces will remove up to 60 Vietnamese boat people in a military-style operation at High Island detention centre on Sunday as part of plans to deport the group.

The raid, the second of its kind in as many months, will be overseen by an independent monitoring team and will be launched only after people have been given the opportunity to come forward.

The group will be taken to Victoria Prison for processing and final medical checks before being loaded onto a chartered Royal Brunei aircraft on November 25 for departure to Hanoi.

A few boat-people will also be removed from the Chi Ma Wan (upper) detention centre and put on the flight.

Correctional Services Department (CSD) and police officers will gather at the camp at dawn on Sunday and move in to remove objectors as quickly as possible.

The last raid at the High Island camp was a high-profile affair and was aborted on day one after officials were unable to remove a small group of people from the roof of a camp building.

On the second day a crack CSD unit removed them in a blitz operation lasting less than three minutes.

In April, hundreds of people were injured in an operation at the Whitehead camp to remove 1,500 people and transfer them to the High Island camp.