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10,000 Persons at Palestine Protest Meeting in Rio De Janeiro; Jewish Shops Close

More than 10,000 persons gathered at the Automobile Club here last night at a mass meeting, called to protest against British actions in Palestine. The assemblage sent telegrams to President Truman and Brazilian President Dutra urging support for Jewish aspirations in Palestine.

Senator Lamilton Hoguerra criticized Britain’s “reactionary policy in Palestine and said that establishment of a Jewish state would be a mortal blow to anti-Semitism throughout the world. A spokesman for the student movement here also spoke in favor of Jewish aims.

Most Jewish stores closed after 1 P.M. yesterday and many carried signs stating: “Closed in sympathy with the Jewish community of Palestine.” The evening newspapers carried quarter-page advertisements of the meeting and reports on Palestine are being broadcast twice a day over a leading local radio station.

Protest meetings were also held in other parts of the country, including Sao Paulo, and Paulo and Portoalegre; which is the capital of Southern Brazil.