BUENOS AIRES (Aug. 25)
Local Nazis in Tucuman, a northern Argentine city, painted Stars of David on a historical site in the city, then sought to blame Jewish athletes for the desecration, the DAIA, central representative body of Argentine Jews, charged here today.
The DAIA protested the “perverse anti-Semitic maneuver” in a complaint to Lazaro Barbieri, Tucuman Province Governor. The local Nazis painted the Jewish emblems on the house in Tucuman where, in 1916 Argentine independence was proclaimed. Then, they publicly attributed the act to participants in the national Maccabee games which were held there last week. A number of newspapers and radio stations reported widely the Jewish sportsmen’s “anti-Argentine gesture.”
Later the Tucuman Nazis organized “protest” demonstrations against the Jewish athletes, and police intervened in several incidents. Earlier it had been reported that Christian students assaulted the Maccabee participants but that no injuries were reported, and no arrests were made.