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Jewish Homes Looted As Iron Guard Battles Police; Jassy Under Military Watch

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Two hundred homes owned by Jews were looted in the city of Jassy following a tumultuous street riot yesterday which concluded with a pitched battle in which the police, detachments of the army and the Iron Guardists engaged.

The troubles were climaxed when the dwelling which was occupied by the Under Secretary of the Interior was almost completely demolished and a motorcar owned by an attorney named Pogona was destroyed. Pogona was wounded. The disorders followed a threat issued by Octavian Goga, anti-Jewish leader, that viloence would ensue if the government made an attempt to carry out its intention of suppressing anti-Semitic organizations in this country.

The city of Jassy is under the surveillance of military detachments. Its Jewish citizens are hiding behind locked doors and are withholding children from school.

An attempt by students to hold a demonstration outside Bucharest was crushed by police who succeeded in dispersing them after making twenty arrests.

In Constanza, one Iron Guardist was killed and two were wounded when police fought students who participated in an anti-Jewish demonstration.

In other towns and cities trouble was reported brewing as police made attempts to preserve law and order, without much success. Mass arrests of Guardists, who are aroused to an alarming pitch of excitement, were reported.

An official government communique was issued following a meeting of the cabinet. It reads:

“The government is determined to carry out its policy in peace and cooperation. All agitation leading to hatred and encitement between populations will be prevented. Authorities will mercilessly suppress all attempts to disturb peace which is undermining the basis of the government.”

Freedom of election, implying that the right to cast ballot will be withdrawn, will be assured only to political groups which are proceeding along orderly lines. The government made emphatic this order which is to be enforced by stringent measures.

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