World IN BRIEF : HONG KONG : Troops End Protest at Vietnamese Camp

From Times Wire Reports

Several hundred riot troops armed with tear gas, shields and batons poured into a detention center for Vietnamese refugees to end a nightlong hostage drama and round up inmates for forced repatriation. The officers seized the High Island camp after inmates armed with improvised spears, daggers and knives held a guard hostage for 12 hours in a desperate bid to avoid being sent home, officials said. The incident coincided with an announcement by a U.N. forum in Geneva that it would halt aid to 35,000 Vietnamese migrants in camps in Southeast Asia, leaving them with no choice but to go home.

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