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All Rumanian Parties Adopt Anti-semitic Programs As General Elections Approach

THE APPROACHING GENERAL ELECTIONS NEXT MONTH FIND ALL RUMANIAN POLITICAL PARTIES HAVING ANTI-SEMITIC PROGRAMS AS THE NATIONAL PEASANTS PARTY, PREVIOUSLY CONSIDERED DEMOCRATIC, JOINED THE IRON GUARD IN AN ELECTION BLOC AND ADOPTED AN ANTI-JEWISH PLATFORM.

A MANIFESTO WAS DISTRIBUTED TO THE POPULATION IN THE MEHEDINTI DEPARTMENT IN WHICH THE PEASANTS PARTY UNDERTAKES TO GIVE PEASANTS THE RIGHT TO POSSESS ARMS AND PROMISES TO ALLOW THEM “TO PENETRATE INTO THE HEART OF CITIES AND DRIVE OUT ALL JEWS AND ALIENS WHO MONOPOLIZED RUMANIAN TRADE AND INDUSTRY.”

THE MOVE CAME AFTER JULIUS MANIU, NEWLY-ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE PEASANTS PARTY, CONFERRED AT LENGTH WITH ZELEA CODREANU, LEADER OF THE FASCIST ANTI-SEMITIC IRON GUARD, AND WAS UNDERSTOOD TO HAVE ENTERED INTO AN ELECTION BLOC IN OPPOSITION TO THE TATARESCU GOVERNMENT. THIS AGREEMENT GREATLY SURPRISED POLITICAL CIRCLES. THE “DISSIDENT LIBERALS,” HEADED BY CONSTANTIN BRATANIU, WERE ALSO SAID TO HAVE JOINED THE BLOC.

THIS OPPOSITION BLOC, WHICH WILL CONTEST THE ELECTIONS FOR A NEW PARLIAMENT AGAINST A GOVERNMENT BLOC COMPRISING PREMIER GEORG TATARESCU’S LIBERAL PARTY, PROF. ALEXANDER VAIDA VOEVOD’S RUMANIAN FRONT AND PROF. NICOLAE JORGA’S NATIONAL DEMOCRATS, WILL SEEK TO ENSURE “FREE ELECTIONS.”

MEANWHILE, THE UNION OF RUMANIAN WOMEN, THE MOST IMPORTANT WOMEN’S ORGANIZATION IN THE COUNTRY, AT A CONGRESS PRESIDED OVER BY THE ANTI-SEMITIC PRINCESS ALEXANDRA CANTACUZINA ADOPTED A SERIES OF ANTI-SEMITIC RESOLUTIONS. THE UNION DEMANDED SUPREMACY FOR RUMANIAN LABOR IN ALL FIELDS OF ACTIVITY, A PROHIBITION ON MIXED MARRIAGES, DISMISSAL OF STATE AND MUNICIPAL EMPLOYES WHO MARRY WOMEN OF “NON-RUMANIAN BLOOD,” ESTABLISHMENT OF A TEN-YEAR RESIDENCE REQUIREMENT FOR NATURALIZATION AND A PROHIBITION ON ALLOWING FOREIGNERS TO ESTABLISH THEMSELVES IN RUMANIA.

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