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June 15, 1979 - Image 9

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Michigan Daily, 1979-06-15

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Southeast
Asians oust
Indochinese
refugees
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - In
leaky boats at sea, in steamy camps in
the Thai jungle, in makeshift barracks
in the shadow of Hong Kong's
skyscrapers, the rising tide of refugees
fleeing Indochina threatens to over-
whelm the resources of other Southeast
Asian nations.
Angry governments are retaliating.
Thailand is busing tens of thousands
back into Cambodia. Malaysia and In-
donesia say they will allow no more
"boat people" to land on their shores.
The exodus was spawned by the 1975
communist victories in Vietnam, Cam-
bodia, and Laos, and Associated Press
reports from Southeast Asian capitals
indicate that the refugee problem has
now reached crisis proportions.
" Official statistics show that more
than 350,000 Indochinese are living in
limbo in Southeast Asia and Hong
Kong.
" The United Nations reports more
than 51,000 Vietnamese boat people
landed on other Asian shores in May
alone, while only 8,500 were resettled in
the United States and elsewhere during
the month.
" Seaborne refugees from Vietnam
have been arriving in Hong Kong at a
rate of 800 a day. The overcrowded
British colony is already sheltering
more than 50,000 Vietnamese, most of
them of Chinese descent.
* Refugee officials estimate that one-
half to three-quarters of those who set
out by sea from Vietnam never make it,
drowning in shipwrecks or dying from
exposure, thirst, or starvation.
* Since last week, the Thai army has
forced some 45,000 refugees to return to
Cambodia and plans to send an ad-
ditional 30,000 back across the border.
Many are Chinese-descended Cam-
bodians fearful of the Vietnamese in-
vasion force in their war-torn country.
SOUTHEAST ASIAN leaders have
lathed out at theinternational com-
munity for what they consider
inadequate relief efforts and have ac-
cused Vietnam of opening the refugee
floodgates for its own cynical political
motives.
The United Nations, the International
Red Cross, and Western governments
protested Thailand's new policy of for-
ced repatriations, but Prime Minister
Kriangsak Chomanan rejected- their
protests and accused international
agencies of "too much tlk, not enough
action."
Thailand has borne the brunt of the
burden in the past four years, receiving
some 200,000refugees.
See SOUTHEAST, Page 11
You Wouldn't Believe
The Crowds We Get!
BILLIARDS
at the UNION
Open 11:30 A.M.

The Michigan Daily-Friday, June 15,;1979-Page 9
STARTS TONIGHT !

The FIRST Certified
Crazy Person 's
Comedy.

PETER
FALK

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ALAN
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While the Father of the Bride
was extracting a molar from Mrs. Cohen,
The Father of the Groom
was extracting $20 Million
from the U.S. Mint.
And.this was only the beginning.

PETER FALK - ALAN ARKIN in An ARTHUR HILLER Film "THE IN-LAWS"
Music by JOHN MORRIS - Executive Producer ALAN ARKIN - Written by ANDREW BERGMAN
Produced by ARTHUR HILLER and WILLIAM SACKHEIM - Directed by ARTHUR HILLER
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