TACTICS for the removal of 1,100 Vietnamese from Whitehead detention centre are to be changed radically. The move is an effort to avoid the violence of a year ago. Inmates in Section 8 were informed yesterday that they were to be transferred to the High Island camp (north) and had two weeks to pack their belongings - a move sure to raise tensions. The change in tactics involves counselling and advance notice to give inmates time to make up their minds. Transfer to the High Island camp is a precursor to deportation under the Government's Orderly Repatriation Programme. The 1,100 inmates witnessed a controversial raid in neighbouring Section 7 on April 7, last year, when more than 1,000 Correctional Services Department (CSD) officers used tear-gas to remove the 1,500 inmates in a transfer operation. More than 100 people were reportedly injured in the raid and an independent inquiry ordered by Governor Chris Patten found that widespread assaults were carried out by officers in the aftermath of the operation. Most of the people from Section 7 have since been deported. By 4.30 pm yesterday, six people had volunteered for repatriation and will be transferred to the voluntary repatriation departure centre. People volunteering for return receive a repatriation allowance of US$240 (HK$1,855). Those who are deported do not. 'We hope everyone will come out voluntarily. In the two weeks they have been given, counsellors will be available to speak with any or all of the people in the camp,' a CSD spokesman said. He said that recently there had been good co-operation with the boat people and it was hoped that they would not have to be forcibly removed from Section 8 which would be closed after the transfer. The softer approach of counselling inmates and giving them time to make up their minds contrasts with the approach used last year when counselling lasted less than an hour before a massive ground force was sent in with tear-gas. The Security Branch, which ordered the transfer, is concerned that inmates could launch high-profile rooftop demonstrations to protest against their removal. A government official said the camp closure programme was constantly reviewed to ensure the most cost-effective use of limited resources and that with this transfer, the Government would be able to consolidate the Vietnamese refugees in fewer camps. The international community has ordered that Hong Kong's detention centres be emptied by early next year. Refugees Co-ordinator Brian Bresnihan has confirmed that it will be necessary to step up forced repatriation flights with the next one scheduled for May.