BUENOS AIRES (Aug. 25)
High school students stayed away from classes today in protest against the attack last week by a nationalist anti-Semitic student gang on a group of Jewish students in which one of them was shot and seriously wounded. Almost all students took part in the strike. The student, Manuel Trilnik, suffered a bullet wound under the heart but was reported to be improving.
A group of the students staged a protest demonstration in the office of Dr. Luis Mackay, the Minister of Education. They charged him with a procrastinating attitude toward conditions at the Sarmiento National High School attended by the Jewish students, where the assault originated.
Dr. Mackay ordered an investigation, his order coming after five days of sharp criticism in the Argentine press, radio and television. The general attitude of Education Ministry officials was reported to be that the attacks last Thursday took place on the street and not inside the high school, Previously, Alfred Vitolo, the Interior Minister, had denounced the attack and said he had ordered an investigation.
El Mundo, a leading daily, published an editorial today titled “Long Live Eichmann–Death to the Jews” and assailed use of this battle cry by Argentine youth with Nazi tendencies. The youths who attacked the Jewish students had shouted the phase.