BEIRUT (Apr. 12)
New evidences of animosity toward Italy for its conquest of predominantly Mohammedan Albania were apparent throughout the Moslem world today.
The Syrian Government cancelled an official reception it had planned for the Italian group headed by the Duke of Spoleto. The National Youth Organization of Lebanon announced a mass meeting in protest against the Albanian coup for Friday.
Dispatches from other Moslem centers evidenced anti-Italian feeling. Palestine and Iraq newspapers called for a Mohammedan common front against the Fascist self-appointed "protector of Islam." At Bone, in Algeria, more than 15,000 attended a rally sponsored by influential Moslems to denounce Italy’s aggression. Dispatches from Algeria also told of 15,000 gathering at Mostaganem and 25,000 at Constantine, where all Moslem shops were closed. Heavily attended protest meetings were also held at Tlemcen and Oran. In the latter city demonstrators tried to march on the Italian consulate but were dispersed by police.
Newsdealers boycotted the Italian newspaper Unione in Sousse, Tunisia. The powerful Italian radio station at Bari exhorted Tunisian nationalists to hold demonstrations on the anniversary of last year’s Neodestour riots, but the day passed without disorder.