Warsaw Schools Deny Police Right to Quell Disorders; 80 Jews Wounded
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Warsaw Schools Deny Police Right to Quell Disorders; 80 Jews Wounded

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School officials, invoking the ancient right of university autonomy, today disputed the right of police to enter college grounds to quell anti-Semitic rioting as new disorders raised the total injured to an estimated eighty in a fortnight.

Several Jews were beaten in disturbances at the School of Journalism.

The rectors of Warsaw University, the Technical Institute and the Agricultural High School issued a statement deploring police penetration into the schools and promising to take all possible measures to combat it.

Promising to seek the release of students arrested on school grounds, the rectors assured student unions of their freedom of action. Nationalist students hailed the declaration enthusiastically.

Replying to the statement, the Ministry of Education declared that students could not expect the Government to remain tolerant and passive in the face of the disorders. The Ministry asserted that order would be preserved at all costs and warned of the consequences of disorders.

Government newspapers took up the criticism of the rectors. The Gazeta Polska and the Kurjer Poranny warned that if outrages were permitted, the idea of school autonomy would have to be given up.

Premier Skladkowski, in a statement deploring anti-Jewish excesses at the universities, expressed the determination not to allow “liberty to degenerate into anarchy” and said persons guilty of incitement would be punished.

Forty students arrested in disorders at the Warsaw Trade Academy were released. Another 160 were freed yesterday.

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