Argentine Jews Appeal for Protection As Anti-semitic Agitation Breaks into Attacks
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Argentine Jews Appeal for Protection As Anti-semitic Agitation Breaks into Attacks

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The Jewish Community of Argentine, totalling approximately 200,000 persons, is living in a state of anxiety, as a result of the intense agitation conducted against the Jews by Fascist groups and newspapers, on the pretext that they are conducting an anti-Communist campaign.

The situation has reached such a stage that it brought about an interpellation in Parliament yesterday afternoon and the addressing of a special memorandum to President Justo by the Jewish Association, wherein the allegations that Jews are responsible for Communist propaganda is disputed and the protection of the central authorities asked for.

The agitation has induced a feeling among the population that pogroms may result. This belief is fostered by recurrent attacks upon the Jewish quarters, a favorite invention of the attackers being to fall upon a throng leaving a motion picture house in a Jewish neighborhood.

On Thursday evening, police reserves had to be summoned to quell a riot brought about by such an attack.

The interpellation submitted to Parliament stated that the continued toleration of this agitation threatened public peace and order.

The Minister of Interior informed a Jewish delegation that the police will take measures to prevent excesses. This assurance was repeated in Parliament.

To the plea of the Jewish representatives has been added the warning of liberal press organs, who recall that in 1919 White Guards who suppressed an anarchist outbreak, killed many Jews in the process. The government is asked to take precautions to prevent such a recurrence.

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