HARROW TRADES COUNCIL
10, Salehurst Close,
Hon. Gen. Sec.:
184a, Kenton Road,
12th December, 1942.
Dear Mr. Feather,
Interned Foreign Nationals N. Africa
[International Brigade and other Anti-Fascist Prisoners.]
Further to your recent visit to the Council, when the question of International Brigade prisoners in North Africa was discussed, my Executive Committee has now surveyed the present position and feels that something could now be done not only on their behalf but on behalf of other anti-fascists still interned.
You will remember that at the Council meeting, you advanced technical reasons for not acting prior to the occupation of North Africa. It would now appear that these technicalities no longer stand in the way. In fact, as we see it, the situation is now ripe for the release of all anti-fascists imprisoned here in the interests of the anti-fascist cause.
The position is, however, that 10,000 de Gaullists, 24 Communist Deputies, 15,000 Spanish Republican fighters, 900 International Brigaders and many other militant anti-fascists are still interned and there has been no assurance given that they will be released.
Needless to say, we, in common with other working-class organisations, view with the utmost suspicion the present political set-up in North Africa and we believe that the T.U.C. should do all in its power to