7/4/1919 Allenby tries to conciliate Egypt, ordering the release of nationalist leaders

When Egyptian nationalists requested that they be allowed attend the Paris Conference, the British authorities responded by arresting and deporting them. This however has caused Egypt to explode, with the country now engulfed by strikes, demonstrations, riots and acts of sabotage against the British and their local proxies. The British have responded sternly, arresting and killing large numbers of Egyptian malcontents; by now as many as 800 Egyptians have been killed by British forces. However the crackdown has failed to pacify the country.

As part of their attempts to bring Egypt to heel the British have appointed General Allenby as Special High Commissioner. Allenby quickly realises that repression has failed and that a more conciliatory approach is needed. He orders Zaghloul and the other nationalist leaders released from detention in Malta, from where they are now free to travel on to Paris if they wish. In Egypt disturbances continue, but Allenby has released the pressure and a degree of calm begins to return to the country.

image source:

Demonstrators (Egyptian Revolution: 1919 Revolution)

One thought on “7/4/1919 Allenby tries to conciliate Egypt, ordering the release of nationalist leaders

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.