856B.00/23: Telegram

The Consul at Curaçao (Huddleston) to the Secretary of State

I have been informed by the Colonial Secretary that martial law-was declared in Curaçao this morning and that the German crews of the 7 German merchant vessels in port numbering about 350 persons are being held in the Emma school here. German Austrian residents approximating 50 people have also been arrested, all of these individuals will be interned at Bonaire Island. Sand bags are being placed over local recently constructed steel air raid shelters. Banks are not quoting foreign exchange rates today.