Large slogans were erected April 29 on the pedestal where the statue of Ferdinand de Lesseps - French architect of the Suez canal - once stood, and launches, carrying hostile banners circled the U.
Large slogans were erected April 29 on the pedestal where the statue of Ferdinand de Lesseps - French architect of the Suez canal - once stood, and launches, carrying hostile banners circled the U.S. freighter 'Sir John Franklyn' as she lay at anchor off Port Said, Egypt.
The Port Said dock workers actions were part of a general boycott campaign launched at midnight April 28 against American shipping in Arab ports in retaliation for the picketing of the United Arab Republic ship 'Cleopatra' in New York harbour over the past three-weeks.
New York dockers and seaman refuse to handle cargo from the 'Cleopatra' in protest against UAR President Nasser's "blacklisting" of American ships calling at Israeli ports.
Reports indicate that the U.A.R. boycott is popular throughout the Arab world. Jordan's only port, Akaba is closed to U.S. ships. Telegrams of support have been received by the Arab workers' Federation from dockers at Aden; Hodeida in the Yemen; Port Sudan; Muscat; Bahrain; Banias; Latakia; Tripoli; Benghazi; Tunis and Casablanca, saying they too would picket US ships.