HC Deb 25 January 1937 vol 319 cc546-7
5. Lieut.-Commander Fletcher

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can give any information concerning rioting by Italian sailors in the Tangier international zone; and what representations have been made to the Italian Government by the International Committee of Control?

The Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Viscount Cranborne)

I understand that on 25th December last a party of some 30 men from Italian warships in Tangier Harbour demonstrated against the offices of a Spanish newspaper which had been publishing violent articles against Italy and the Head of the Italian Government, and that some damage occurred. I understand that the party were eventually conducted back to their ships by Italian officers and that there were no clashes with the police or native elements and no casualties. His Majesty's Consul-General reports that the Committee of Control subsequently adopted a resolution which stated that the committee were unanimous in regretting the incident and had obtained assurances that it should not recur. The committee at the same time deplored the provocative nature of the articles, which had given rise to the incident.

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