BUCHAREST (Aug. 30)
In defiance of Premier Tatarescu’s statement that all terroristic activities would be suppressed, Nazi and Jew-baiting disorders continued today throughout Rumania.
Although the Premier, who yesterday reformed the Government after having submitted his Cabinet’s resignation, declared the shake-up was intended to end terrorism of both rightist and leftist parties, political and diplomatic circles see in the new regime a prelude to a semi-Nazi Government.
Ion Inculet, formerly Interior Minister and King Carol’s right-hand man, instead of having been dropped as reported yesterday was elevated to the newly-created post of vice-premier. M. Inculet has been regarded as chiefly responsible for toleration of Fascist activities.
The fact that the government has been reorganized with practically the same ministers as in the previous Cabinet with the sole exception of Titulescu, who was regarded as pro-French, was regarded in diplomatic circles as an indication that Rumania would follow Poland’s example of adopting a more independent attitude towards France. At the same time, observers foresaw a rapprochement with Germany.
This was generally believed to be the chief reason for throwing Titulescu into the discard. Victor Antonescu, the new Foreign Minister, is known to have many friends in France and to be on intimate terms with many German-Jewish financiers and industrialists in the Reich.
In his statement on internal policy following publication of the new Cabinet list, Premier Tatarescu declared:
“The wave of terrorism which recently swept over Rumania will be mastered and all disorders will be punished.”
M. Tatarescu added that he will disarm immediately all storm battalions of all parties of the right and left.
Since the disorders continued, however, the proposed measures appear to apply only to the democratic Peasants Guard, which opposes the right-wing terrorists, such as the Iron Guard.
General Marinescu, one of King Carol’s most intimate friends, was appointed Chief of Police in the shake-up.