Bill to Curb Jews Introduced in Hungarian Parliament; Government Supporters Split
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Bill to Curb Jews Introduced in Hungarian Parliament; Government Supporters Split

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Premier Koloman Daranyi introduced in the Lower House of Parliament today a “bill for more efficient protection of the social and economic balance,” which embodies sweeping curbs on Jews in the economic, social and cultural life of the country.

The bill was immediately referred to committee. It will be several weeks before it is returned to the floor for debate.

In presenting the measure, the Premier declared it represented the limit of restrictions he was ready to advocate against the Jews as just and equitable. He added that he had not been influenced by recent events abroad.

The bill provides for establishment of a 20 per cent numerous clauses for Jews in employment in the press, cinema, stage, business and banking enterprises. War veterans will not be counted in determining the Jewish percentage.

A split in the Government ranks on the bill was evidenced this morning in lobby discussions. Elder liberals of the party voiced grave concern, while a small group expressed dissatisfaction with terms of the bill, seeking more radical reforms. Both factions agree, however, that the bill should check the “revolutionary” activities of the right wing extremists who, nevertheless, are expected to demand drastic extension of the measure during the debate. The liberal left parties are opposing the bill and are expected to fight it energetically both in commission and chamber.

A second bill, providing for police supervision of the press, was introduced in the Lower House by Justice Minister Ladislaus Mikecz and referred to committee. While its terms were not revealed, the measure is believed to include anti-Semitic provisions as well as regulations to prevent publication of matter held to be inciting against friendly powers.

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