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(Received May 10, 10.30 a.m.) '


The British Labour Executive has issued a manifesto which "states some qf : the essentials of the Treaty are opposed to the declaration~of President Wilson, the Inter-Allied Conference, aiid the Berne Conference.' The Treaty is defective from the standpoint elf' world peace, and bears evidence of V ; compromise of. influences. by capitalisih , and imperialism. . The 'Lab&iir 'Party, declines responsibility for these violations of principle,'inasmuch* as organised labour was not represented at thte Conference, 'and , 'the'- general spirit of tiie document is contrary to ,£he wording class conception- of peace of righit and justice. '

JJaboiuv-there'foi'Gy looks to the' peoplp and the forces of organised democracy to safeguard and develop the idea df peaceable community of all nations,. Germany ought to* , make reparation;, but should be represented on the repairation c.oinmission: .; .The,- , amount of compensation' should' havo regard .to the ability 1;o inaiiy's own- population..' ' / The maniiestb regrets "that thfc Treaty, while imposing on Germany drastic disarmainont, does not provide progressive limitation of. armament for other signatories, and protests at any attempt of the permanent separation of the Saar Valley from Germany. : It hopes France will agree to consult the people of Alsace-Lorraine under the League of Nations, in accordance with the principle of selfr-determination. The people of German-Austria should have free unrestricted right to decide for themselves whether they will become one of the German Federal States, or remain independent. ;

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LABOUR'S PROTEST., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9606, 10 May 1919

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LABOUR'S PROTEST. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9606, 10 May 1919

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