Mexico City (May. 4)
Senor Pascual Ortiz Rubio, the President of the Spanish Republic, warmly applauded the anti-Jewish and antialien speeches that were delivered to-day at a mass meeting of Mexican market vendors here (as reported by cable in the J.T.A. Bulletin of the 6th. inst.), and also pinned a medal upon the breast of Angel Ladron, an antisemitic member of Congress presented to him by a Mexican Traders’ Association.
The mass meeting, which was held in the Government Theatre, Hidalgo, was attended by five thousand people. Over the box in which President Rubic sat together with Deputy Ladron, hung a banner with the inscription, “All Mexican traders ask that the Jews be expelled from Mexico”.
A large number of Congressmen and high Government officials were present. One of the speakers turned to the President and urged him to “gore the Jewish hearts with the Mexican flag”. This speaker also made an attack against Americans.
President Rubio did not react to this speech, but he applauded a woman speaker, who appealed to the President to deport all undesirable foreigners.
There is great despair among the Jewish market vendors here who on Thursday were forcibly driven from their stalls by the police. Local Jewish leaders have appealed to the Government, but the chief of the Markets Department told them that no answer to their request will be forthcoming until May 15th.
This Government official stated that the Jewish market vendors were driven from the market places “because they are rich, and according to the new law market vendors may possess only 300 pesos”. Most of these Jewish market vendors, however, are poor, small tradesmen, and since they have been expelled from the market places their economic situation is desperate.