Goga Refuses to Disband Anti-semitic Troops

The Rumanian cabinet’s edict dissolving political “armies” was today openly defied by the Fascist anti-Semitic National Christian Party and its bitter opponents, the National Peasant Party.

Prof. Octavius Goga, leader of the Fascist group, issued a statement bluntly refusing to disband the uniformed Blue Shirt “army” known as the organization’s shock troops. The Blue Shirts have for months been terrorizing liberal elements and Jews in many parts of the country.

In his statement, Prof. Goga asserts his “army” does not violate the law but merely serves as an instrument for patriotic propaganda.

The National Peasant Party at the same time made known its intention not to disband the Peasant Guard.

As a result, the Government extended for six months existing emergency decrees and censorship of the press, which had been due to expire tomorrow.

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