According to a message from Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture, some 700 German prisoners of war currently held at Kurume detention camp are becoming insolent. They refused to respond when the usual roll was called and burst out singing martial songs, paying no regard to the admonitions of the authorities. The demonstration was brought under control when some 100 soldiers with loaded rifles were dispatched to the camp from Kurume Regiment. Some practical measures will, it is understood, be taken to deal with the prisoners as they deserve.
Recently the prisoners at Kurume have been markedly remiss in discipline, some trying to escape from the camp. Last Monday, camp director Masaki told the prisoners to be more careful in their conduct. Shortly after the director’s order was given, a prisoner failed to obey an order and was consequently punished severely. This incident led to the rebellious conduct the same evening. In this connection, it may be worth mentioning that the prisoners had been hoping for the return of four of their comrades who had escaped some time ago only to be recaptured, and that it was to their great disappointment that those four prisoners had subsequently been committed to prison by a court-martial.