Tai A Chau boat people are bursting into tears on arriving at Whitehead because conditions are so disgusting, refugee workers said yesterday. They suggested camp staff had left the place in a filthy state in revenge for last May's breakout when rioters set fire to 25 officers' cars. The 10-day operation to clear 5,500 southern Vietnamese from the Government's Tai A Chau showpiece camp ended yesterday. They have been moved to the Sai Kung detention centre which was recently vacated when all northern Vietnamese were transferred to High Island. Pam Baker of Refugee Concern said: 'When they got to section six they were in tears. 'There were piles of rubbish, the drains were blocked, there was sewage everywhere and no water. 'Tai A Chau has been seen as possibly a trifle privileged. It looks as though the Correctional Services Department (CSD) has made up its mind to take down these people a peg or two. 'The camp was trashed and the CSD has left it like that. The vindictiveness is quite basic. I would say the CSD thinks 'This is what your people did to our cars and camp. Now you can suffer for it'. It's really mean.' CSD spokesman Leonel Rodrigues admitted the camp was in a state, but denied the allegations. He added: 'True, it was left in a mess. But our staff are there to watch over them, not to clean up after them. We're short-staffed as it is. We do not have the manpower to clear up.' The agency which managed Tai A Chau threw the gates open for eight hours a day leaving the Vietnamese detainees free to roam the island. At Whitehead, which is run by the CSD, they will be locked up 24 hours a day.