From the South China Morning Post this week in 1966 More than 130 people were arrested as thousands of heavily armed troops and riot police patrolled the deserted streets of Kowloon, which was under curfew for a second night after a rise in the price of the cross-harbour Star Ferry triggered rioting. Barbed wire roadblocks were thrown across streets, which had been the main trouble spots in savage rioting earlier in the week. Police and troops in riot vehicles kept guard at street corners and outside strategic buildings. Calm returned to Kowloon with the lifting of the curfew, but many people preferred to be off the streets early. The riots caused damage of $20 million, scores of people were injured and one man was killed. A total of 1,250 people were arrested and five magistrates sat in separate packed courtrooms at North Kowloon Court to hear 505 cases involving curfew-breakers. Kowloon Motor Bus Company said 56 of its buses were damaged during the riots. A young English girl who was missing for nine hours in Kowloon during the curfew said: 'I wasn't scared at all. I didn't cry.' Her mother, Barbara Tidbury, said four-year-old Kim Ann had slipped away from her while she was shopping on Nathan Road. Kim had wandered into the Capitol Hotel in Nathan Road. 'I saw some fish in the tank. And then I went into the hotel and I couldn't see Mummy,' she said. The Director of Commerce and Industry said Hong Kong expected more attempts to apply restrictions to its exports as the colony began to suffer 'the penalty of success' resulting from the rapid expansion of its economy. Mr D.R. Holmes observed that despite its size, Hong Kong was 26th on the list of the world's trading economies - 'a very high point up the table'. The British Labour Party's left wing launched a broadside against Harold Wilson's pro-American policy on Vietnam, signalling severe pressure on the government for a drastic change of course. Only a week after the general election that swept Labour back into power with an overwhelming majority, its left wing hit out against Wilson with a sharp warning to mend his ways. The New Statesman, a publication close to the party, chided him for his 'obedient support of the blind American course in Vietnam', his automatic endorsement of Nato and his 'absurd' east-of-Suez posturing. On the prime minister's claim that Britain spoke with a new authority in the world, the publication said 'actually his voice is heard only as a tape-recorded answering service for President Johnson'. Meanwhile, the Foreign Office ruled out the possibility that Britain might soon send a token military force to Vietnam. President Ho Chi Minh of North Vietnam conceded that the Vietnam war would be 'a protracted and arduous one' but said he was sure the Viet Cong would be victorious. 'The more ferocious the enemy is, the more the Vietnamese people are closely united and firmly determined to defeat him. In the end the US imperialists will surely be defeated.' President Ho said the United States had failed militarily and politically and described its peace efforts as a hoax, and said that it was scheming to extend the war to Laos and Cambodia. For the first time since the start of the Vietnam war, American losses for a single week exceeded those of South Vietnam. In the week ending 9 April 1966, the US had 95 troops killed, 501 wounded and four missing. South Vietnam's casualty figures were 67 killed and 211 wounded. Jack Nicklaus became the first golfer in history to win two successive Masters titles by demolishing Tommy Jacobs and Gary Brewer in a three-way, 18-hole playoff. The explosive-hitting Nicklaus came in with a two under par 70 for a two-stroke victory at the Augusta National course in Georgia.