1946: Dutch Staff Protest Franco With out Utilizing His Identify

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ROTTERDAM, March 19. — Greater than 3,500 Rotterdam dock staff demonstrated in opposition to Franco Spain as we speak, however their banners merely proclaimed enigmatically: “Down with …”

Leaders defined that Rotterdam’s Mayor, Pieter Jacobus, had forbidden point out of the identify Franco as a result of Spain’s Caudillo nonetheless was head of a state with which The Netherlands had pleasant relations.

Concurrently on Rotterdam’s waterfront 120 college students of a technical college sweated on the job of unloading 16,000 circumstances of Spanish oranges from the steamship Orpheus, which has been boycotted by the Communist-affiliated Dockers’ Union. Police guarded the pier.

The dispute over Spanish cargoes in the meantime, turned a full-scale quarrel between dockers and shippers. Jan Bestman, union secretary, stated 3,000 dockers had been “locked out” by the transport firms which declare that Spanish cargoes are reaching Rotterdam below earlier agreements wherein Holland already has given items or money. Work continued solely on these vessels which had been being unloaded when the dispute started three days in the past.

A convention between union leaders, municipal officers and representatives of the transport firms was organized for tomorrow.

— The Worldwide Herald Tribune, March 20, 1946.

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