Armed Chinese commune workers this week slipped into a Hongkong bay and kidnapped seven oyster farmers from their sampans.
LV China across Deep Bay
LV ZOOM to junks in bay
GV Idle sampans
SV Women cutting oysters (two shots)
CU MRS. Tsang Ngau
GV Her family's empty sampan
GV Hut where classes in Mao's teachings take place (two shots)
GV Sampans tied up beside house
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Background: Armed Chinese commune workers this week slipped into a Hongkong bay and kidnapped seven oyster farmers from their sampans. Local reports said it was in retaliation against the farmers' refusal to attend classes where the thoughts of Chairman Mao-tse Tung are taught.
Now the quiet little fishing community of Laufaushan, is north-west Hongkong within sight of China, is living in fear wondering what will happen next. The sampans remain either idle or close to shore as the oystermen are afraid to venture out.
Mrs. Tsang Ngau, who lost her husband and two sons, weeps with worry. Her husband has steadfastly resisted Communist pressure to attend the classes which took place in a small hut blazoned with Maoist slogans. Now the authorities are threatening to pull down the hut, claiming it is an illegal dwelling.
While the people of Laufaushan wait, the Hongkong Press speculates on the likely fate of the kidnapped men - with predictions ranging from execution to release within two or three days.