A scuffle broke out in Brisbane, Australia on Monday (6 August) when three hundred Vietnamese refugees from a Brisbane migrant centre confronted waterside workers meeting at their union hall.
AUSTRALIA: SV: Demonstrators being escorted away by police.
SCU: Australian throws punch at a Vietnamese.
SV: Demonstrators being arrested. (4 shots)
GV: Vietnamese fisherman at work in Gulf of Mexico. (2 shots)
GV: Vietnamese houses, some empty
SV: Local fishermen bringing catch. (2 shots)
GV: Burnt wall of Vietnamese home.
SV: Vietnamese family in their house. (2 shots)
CU: Vietnamese girl speaking in English.
GV: Closed Sea food processing plant.
CU: Georgia Davis, Plant manager speaking.
TRANSCRIPT: DAVENPORT: "Blood dripped from forces even after the two battered unionists had been whisked off to Redgage (phonetic). And the brawling continued. The two Vietnamese leaders, Do Tong Hop and Nguyen Thuyet, are here to seek Australian financial aid, which the protesters say will be used to buy weapons to crush their friends and relatives back home. Those arrested are now in Brisbane watch house charged with offenses -- ranging from disorderly conduct to obscene language."
JOHNSON: "Vietnamese refugees have been crab fishing in the Gulf coast waters, near Seadrift Texas, for more than three years. About a hundred of them used to live and work here. Now most of them are gone - scared away within the last weak. There has been tension because of disputes over fishing rights between the Vietnamese and the other fisherman. The homes of some Vietnamese have been burned. Nat Nuyen (phonetic) and her family are still here -- but they have been threatened."
SEQ. 9: NAT NUYEN: "I want to stay here, you know. But if they hurt us, you know, things like that and we stay here, but if they can, I think we have to move."
JOHNSON: "The seafood processing plant, which cannot operate without Vietnamese help, closed. A plant manager feels all Vietnamese should not be punished for the alleged act of a few others."
SEQ. 11: GEORGIA DAVIS: "The women are all good workers ... and most of the men. And they had no business being run out of town."
REPORTERS: AL JOHNSON (NBC)/TONY DAVENPORT, BTQ-7
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Background: A scuffle broke out in Brisbane, Australia on Monday (6 August) when three hundred Vietnamese refugees from a Brisbane migrant centre confronted waterside workers meeting at their union hall. The Vietnamese were protesting against the arrival of two Vietnamese union officials, who the refugees say are top Communist officials. Australia is not the only place where Vietnamese boat people they have met trouble. Some of them say they were forced to leave a small southern United States town. This report from Tony Davenport of BTQ-7 brisbane and the N.B.C.'s Al Johnson.