Bucharest (Feb. 2)
Take measures against the Jewish population of Soroca for protesting against the shooting of Jews there, Deputy Zelea Codreanu, the leader of the antisemitic terrorist organisation, the Iron Guard, demanded of the Government, when he spoke to-day in the debate started in Parliament on the Soroca shooting outrage by the interpellation introduced by the Deputies of the Jewish Party and of the Socialies Democratic Party. If the Jews continue their agitation, he threatened, they ought to be expelled from the country.
Deputy Codreanu also wanted to know what measures the Government was taking against the foreign press, which was describing the shooting of the Jews at Soroca as murder and thus accusing the Roumanian frontier guards of being murderers.
Deputy Mirescu, one of the leaders of the Social Democratic Party, who had just returned from Soroca where he was investigating the shooting affair on the spot on the instructions of his Party, rose at this point and declared amid a storm of protest from the Government benches that the Soroca shooting affair was, indeed, murder.
Deputy Michael Landau, the Jewish Deputy from Bessarabia, who went to Soroca immediately the shooting affair occurred, and was there during the Government enquiry, asked that Parliament should itself appoint a parliamentary Commission to enquire into the facts of the shooting at Soroca, and see whether the findings of this independent Parliamentary enquiry would tally with those of the Government investigation which had exonerated the frontier guard. It was his firm conviction, he said, that such an independent Parliamentary Commission would find that murder had been committed at Soroca.
Deputy Ghelimeceanu, of the National Peasants’ Party, rose to support Deputy Landau’s proposal for a Parliamentary Enquiry Commission to go out to Soroca in order to investigate the shooting affair there.
The Prime Minister, Professor Jorga, in his reply to the debate, said that although the Government considered the enquiry as closed, it was prepared, however, to give facilities for a fresh enquiry by Parliament, and it agreed to such a parliamentary Commission of Enquiry being set up, and was willing to had over to the Deputies who had put the interpellation on the subject all the material in its possession concerning what had happened in Soroca.