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Daily Mail, 27 October 1924, page 6

A meeting of Communists on the plinth of Nelson's Monument in Trafalgar Square on Saturday passed a resolution declaring that "this massed meeting of British workers" called on Mr. MacDonald and the Government to stigmatise the Red plot letter as an impudent forgery and to withdraw the Foreign Office protest to the Bolshevik Government with apologies and to dismiss with ignominy the official responsible for it.

Mr. T. H. Jackson, a member of the Communist executive, with his long black hair flying in the wind and wild gesticulations, told the crowd that the letter was an election trick and emanated from an agent of the Russian "Whites" now in this country.

Mr. MacDonald, as Foreign Secretary, would have to stand the responsibility for the Foreign Office Note unless he was prepared to repudiate it.

Two young men who questioned speakers were forcibly removed from the plinth. When, at the end of the meeting, the Communists began to sing "The Red Flag," their voices were drowned by cheers and by the National Anthem.

Communist open-air speakers yesterday were indignant at the exposure of the Zinoviev letter, and Mr. Jackson, at Finsbury Park, after saying he was a personal friend of Zinoviev, threatened The Daily Mail:

"If we ever have a fully developed military section, and if ever the opportunity arises, one of the very first places we shall capture will be the printing offices of The Daily Mail. I have always preached revolution. I believe revolution is inevitable."

After reference to his audience as "my pigeon-brained, pie-faced mutts," Mr. Jackson attacked the Union Jack. "You only follow it because you think it is the flag of the country, instead of what it really is, the flag of the Royal Family,"