A group of Vietnamese exiles in France held a rally on Sunday (17 June) to protest against Malaysia's tough new policy towards refugees.
A group of Vietnamese exiles in France held a rally on Sunday (17 June) to protest against Malaysia's tough new policy towards refugees. The Malaysian government has started to implement a policy of sending Vietnamese boat people back out to sea -- and has threatened to shoot new arrivals on sight.
SYNOPSIS: The demonstrators gathered at the Eiffel Tower in Paris to display placards condemning the Malaysian approach to the refugee problem, and to sing protest songs.
Malaysia's deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Mahathir, has warned that if refugees tried to sink their boats when they were towed out to sea, they would be left to drown.
Hundreds of refugee were sent back to sea on Sunday (17 June) after they'd landed on Malaysia's northeast coast over the weekend. At the town of Kota Bharu, 450 refugees were put onto a boat which had been stocked with fuel and provisions. Many of them have moved on to the hundreds of small Indonesian islands in the South China sea. Countries in the area are worried about the possibility that up to a million more refugees may leave Vietnam, looking for a new home. They've appealed to Vietnam to take action to stem the flow.