June 9, 1956

TWO WORLDS: London, 9 – The Labor MP Mr Antony Greenwood, speaking at a meeting of Socialists in Cumberland, called on the government of Anthony Eden and the British people to examine their consciences on the issues of personal freedom and colonial administration. «As long as (communist) Hungary and Poland keep throwing archbishops into prison, we are right in protesting. But when Great Britain arrests and exiles the Cypriot archbishop (Makarios), it claims that it is simply protecting the strategic interests of democracy. We condemn, and very rightly, the existence of prisoners’ camps and mass arrests taking place behind the Iron Curtain, but in order to defend what we call the ‘free world’ we are keeping 46,000 people imprisoned in Kenya. We deplore, and rightly so, the existence of a number of satellites of the Soviet Union and at the same time demand, in the name of freedom, the right to impose on Jordan what is a satellite regime of Britain and we keep our silence when the American capitalist system forces Guatemala to submit to force. We rightly mourn the execution of political prisoners under communist regimes, but keep silent when Britain hangs 1,000 Africans in Kenya (…).»

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