Jewish Leaders in Argentina Mum; Arrested Jewish Shopkeepers Released

Jewish leaders here have so far made no statements on the raids on Jewish shops, which took place here last Friday following the overthrow of the Illia Government, and on the arrest of some Jewish shopkeepers who were suspected of selling smuggled goods. However, it was noted that under the Illia administration there have also been police raids on stores in the same shopping arcade. The raid on Friday is generally considered here a zealous police action.

(A report from Montevideo stated today that the arrested Jewish shopkeepers in Buenos Aires were released without any explanation and that they said that they were well treated by the police during their detention.)

The arrests of some Jewish and non-Jewish directors of the credit union cooperative is not considered here as an anti-Jewish measure, although the allegation that they shipped $50, 000, 000 out of the country during the bank holiday last Tuesday and Wednesday is considered absurd. Nevertheless, their detention has caused grave concern in other cooperatives, mainly Jewish, which had to resist runs for withdrawal of funds caused by concern of what the Government’s attitude toward them may be.

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