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Leader of Anti-jewish Riots in Canada Freed by Court

Rene Bolduc, alleged instigator of an anti-Semitic riot at the Canadian summer resort of Plage Laval on July 25, during which many Jews were seriously injured, has been freed. The case against Bolduc and Andre Bigras, another defendant, was dismissed by the Recorders Court at Plage Laval on the grounds that the court had no jurisdiction in criminal cases, that the disturbances occurred outside the city limits, and, lastly, that the two accused acted in self-dense.

The Recorder expressed the opinion that the outbreak did not constitute a race riot. The Canadian Jewish Congress, however, has stated that in its opinion the Plage Laval disturbances were definitely anti-Jewish riots. At court hearings last month, a constable testified that Bolduc and his companions deliberately instigated the fracas by assaulting several Jews.