LONDON (Jan. 15)
One person was injured and eight were arrested last night in disorders growing out of a Fascist-sponsored protest demonstration against the collection in cinemas of money for the Lord Baldwin Fund for Refugees. The demonstration was staged just as the numerous theatres around Picadilly Circus closed for the night. The Fascists paraded around the circus shouting: “Britain for the British!” and distributing circulars asking: “Why should a relief fund for aliens be supported when poverty and unemployment is rife in Britain?” Disorders broke out when people leaving the theatres and anti-Fascist groups attempted to break up the parade. A newspaper photographer’s camera was smashed in one of the scuffles.
The National Peace Council in a memorandum to the home office declared that part of the recent Â£10,000,000 loan to Czecho-Slovakia should be used to cover the cost of transporting 6,000 Jewish refugees from Sudetenland to new homes. The council demanded the immediate granting of visas to the refugees living in dire poverty in the German frontier zones after being expelled from the Reich.
Raising of a $500,000,000 international loan, guaranteed by the British, American and Netherlands governments, to find homes for a million Jewish families of central and eastern Europe, was proposed today by Capt. Victor Cazalet, Conservative M.P., in an interview with the J.T.A. Capt. Cazalet revealed that the Parliamentary Committee on Refugees was aiming to get a large-scale scheme for solution of the refugee question going as soon as possible. He pointed out that once the areas for settlement were finally decided, the problem of getting the Jews out of Germany and into temporary camps would be facilitated.