HC Deb 20 December 1963 vol 686 cc278-9W
Mr. Grimond

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what further information he has about the situation in Aden; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Sandys

Since my hon. Friend's reply to the hon. Member for Dundee, East (Mr. G. M. Thomson) on 12th December, the Government of the Federation of South Arabia has announced the appearance in Aden, since the grenade outrage on 10th December, of leaflets which indicate that a group is conspiring to incite violence and unrest. One describes the perpetrator of the outrage as a hero: another urges workers to continue to struggle for the unification of what are described as the "Yemeni lands". In addition, the High Commissioner has reported that on the day of the outrage a commentary broadcast by the Yemeni Sana Radio threatened that there would be others to follow. Earlier Sana Radio had urged "our free workers in Aden" to "go ahead strike, destroy and carry arms, your rights should be obtained by force".

Fifty-five people are now detained of whom three are being questioned in connection with the throwing of the grenade. Two hundred and seventy-seven Yemenis have been returned to their own country.

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