Monmouthshire Federation of Trades and Labour Councils.
22nd Nov 1941
Sir Walter Citrine O.B.E
Secretary the T.U.C,
p.c. receiving attention 26.11.41.
I am instructed by the Federation to put forward for your consideration and active support the following Resolution.
"That it is with serious alarm and indignation we learn of the steps now being taken by the Vichy Government to transport the many thousands of International Brigaders and other Refugees now in Occupied France to North Africa to encampments in the Sahara
It is our opinion this will mean certain death for large numbers of these brave fighters for freedom, tried and trusted anti-fascists.
Asylum is still available for these men in certain South American States but the main problem is that of providing transport and organising their removal with the Vichy Government.
It is welknown that several American food ships have already journeyed to France and we call upon the Government of Great Britain to approach the American Government with a view of providing ships and negotiating with the French Government for the removal of the Internationals to these Countries prepared to give them asylum.
The cause for which these men fought is the cause of democracy and freedom, and the rescue of the men of the International Brigade would evoke a warm response from democrats all over the World."
Expressing the thanks of the Federation in anticipation of your support
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