Some illegal immigrants were allowed to stay if they made it to Hong Kong but others were returned, distraught, across the border. Photos: SMP, Illustration: Brian Wang

Veterans who fled mainland for Hong Kong in 1970s tell their stories

Veterans of mainland exodus in the 1970s tell how, as young men with no hope, they risked their lives to reach Hong Kong as illegal immigrants

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Some illegal immigrants were allowed to stay if they made it to Hong Kong but others were returned, distraught, across the border. Photos: SMP, Illustration: Brian Wang
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