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Argentine Decree Fixes Penalties for Inciting to Anti-semitic Acts

A new decree fixing stiff, definite penalties for incitement to hatred or violence on grounds of race or religion, but at the same time lifting the previous ban against Argentina’s two foremost anti-Semitic and fascist organizations, was promulgated here today by President Arturo Illia.

Under the decree, a previous ban against the Tacua movement and Guardia Restaurodora Nacionalista, the leading anti-Semitic groups in the country, is lifted, so that their open existence is no longer illegal. On the other hand, the decree provides penalties of imprisonment of from one month to three years for those who “propagandize ideas or theories of race or group superiority, based on religion, ethnic origin or color; or who would justify or promote religious or racial discrimination in any form; or who incite to violence, individually or organizationally, against any race or group of another religion, ethnic origin or color.”

The fixing of specific penalties for anti-Semitic or fascist actions and incitements meets requests previously voiced by DAIA, the central body of organized Argentine Jewry. On the other hand, some concern was expressed by Jewish leaders here that Tacuara and GRN would now be able again to operate openly, without any legal restraint against their existence.

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