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Quito Businessmen Ask Collective Fine on Jews; Want All Jewish Stores Closed

A demand by the Quito chamber of commerce at all Jewish shops be closed and a collective fine of $150,000 levelled upon the Jewish population of Ecuador to make good the losses suffered by the creditors of a Jewish businessman, Natan Lewin, has been rejected by Minister of the Government Dr. Carlos Guevara Moreno.

Dr. Moreno told a delegation of the chamber that what they asked would require imposition of Nazi or Fascist methods, which the Ecuadorean Government repudiates. assured them that Lewin would be punished, if criminal intent is proven, but pressed that the Jewish community and the Jewish refugees here were not involved in any manner.