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18 DECEMBER

‘HEADS (OF BLACKS) FIXED ON POLES IN VARIOUS PARTS’ OF DEMERARA

[ 18 December 1823 ]

Following a mostly non-violent slave insurrection in the British colony of Demerara (now Guyana) in August 1823, in which the plantation owners had been locked into their homes, Governor Major General John Murray imposed a savage crackdown,  shooting dead at least a hundred rebel slaves in the fields and executing dozens.

THE RAF INVESTIGATES ‘SYSTEMS OF ATTACK’ AGAINST ‘UNCIVILISED TRIBES’

[ 18 December 1922 ]

On 18 December 1922, the RAF’s Deputy Director of Operations and Intelligence, submitted a report to the Chief of the Air Staff, Sir Hugh Trenchard, suggesting possible ‘systems of attack against uncivilised tribes’.

THE ROUTINE USE OF TORTURE AGAINST DETAINEES IN ADEN

[ 18 December 1965 ]

On 18 December 1965, medical reports by the Aden Director of Health Services were submitted which corroborated allegations of torture made against the British run interrogation centre at Fort Morbut in Aden.1

FOOTNOTE

  1. Sophia Dingli and Caroline Kennedy, ‘The Aden Pivot: British Counterinsurgency After Aden,’ Civil Wars, Volume 16, 2014, p 90 accessed online at url https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/151161199.pdf

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