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January 28, 1951

THE BOMB THROWN AT THE BRITISH CONSULATE IN ALEPPO AND THE COMMUNISTS' ACTIVITIES

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    Report on the investigation of a bombing at the British Consulate in Aleppo.
    "The Bomb Thrown at the British Consulate in Aleppo and the Communists' Activities," January 28, 1951, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Emir Farid Chehab Collection, GB165-0384, Box 10, File 22B/10, Middle East Centre Archive, St Antony’s College, Oxford. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/176061
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28/1/1951

The bomb thrown at the British Consulate in Aleppo and the communists' activities

After the bomb was thrown at the British Consulate in Aleppo, the police and security services launched an investigation to find the perpetrators. They, however, failed to unmask the truth in spite of having arrested many of the peoples' leaders; searched their homes; and confiscated all the weapons, guns and revolvers found in their possession.

The security services are still putting a lot of pressure on those that were arrested, but to no avail.

The communists claim and insist that the British themselves organised this event to give the Syrian government, at this particular point in time, a pretext to monitor and pursue the communists.

Had it not been for this event, the communists would have organised last week several demonstrations in support of:

The Arab countries' attitude vis-a-vis America's political decisions, especially the latest against China

The need for Arab countries to stay neutral.

Because the latest demonstrations that took place in Hama were meant to call for neutrality and for the downfall of colonialism, students and workers in Homs organised a violent demonstration assisted and encouraged by the communists, during which they protested against:

Not supplying Homs with wheat like other Governorates.

Not reducing the price of flour and bread.

Not caring about the exorbitantly high prices in the town.

They then called for neutrality, and for the downfall of war and colonialism. Aleppo, on its part, could not hold the planned demonstrations because most of its leaders had been arrested and put in jail.

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