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Maniu Cabinet Offers to Quit Because of Anti-semitic Riots; King Turns Down Resignation

Premier Julius Maniu submitted the resignation of his entire cabinet last Friday to King Carol as a result of the anti-Semitic disturbances which have been agitating the country, it became known today through the Bucharest newspaper “Cuvantul,” a pro-Carol organ, in connection with the interview given two days ago by Dr. Alexander Vayda Voevod, minister of the interior, to the special correspondent of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency sent to investigate the disturbances. The resignation of the Maniu cabinet was rejected by the King.

The interview was reproduced in yesterday’s evening papers, the press pointing out that the Jewish Telegraphic Agency has despatched a special representative to Roumania. Today’s morning papers are full of comments on the interview, The “Cuvantul” say: “The statement made by Dr. Vayda Voevod to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that he was ready to use military force if necessary to suppress the anti-Jewish outbreaks is very interesting. This is the first time that Dr. Vayda Voevod spoke so categorically regarding the anti-Semitic agitation, in comparison with the indifference he exhibited hitherto.

“Perhaps it has something to do with the dissatisfaction expressed by the King who saw the catastrophic results which the anti-Jewish events had brought about for Roumanian credits abroad, now when the country needs foreign capital more than ever. The King did not hide his dissatisfaction. This led to Maniu submitting his resignation of his cabinet last Friday which has thus far been rejected.”

The influential and non-partisan paper, “Dimineatza,” commenting on the interview, says “Dr. Vayda Voevod’s statement is extremely piquant, especially that part in which he emphasizes that the Jews abroad should assist in obtaining foreign credits for Roumania. This actually means that if the Jews abroad give us money then we become philo-Semites. If, however, they do not, then we are anti-Semites and we continue to break windows in Klausenberg, we set fires in Borscha, and we plunder Suceava. And this is said by such an official as the minister of the interior of our country.”

The “Dimineatza” concludes that Dr. Vayda Voevod’s interview with the correspondent of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency discloses that the previous statements of the head of the ministry of the interior saying that the Borscha fire was a pure accident are fundamentally false. “There are facts which need no comment. Dr. Vayda Voevod’s interview with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency’s special representative speaks for itself,” the “Dimineatza” says. The other papers are also excited about the interview which is now the talk of all political circles in Bucharest.

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