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200 Students Hold Rally Protesting Soviet Maltreatment of Jews; Burn Soviet Flag

Two hundred Jewish students from Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa joined is a quiet one-hour protest yesterday at noon outside the Soviet Embassy to protest the maltreatment of Jews in the Soviet Union. Amateur actors portrayed Soviet Jews being beaten for attempting to practice their religion. The protest was organized by the Action Committee for Soviet Jewry, a Toronto student organization. The protestors had planned to present a petition on behalf of Canadian Jewish students, but no one from the Embassy came to the door. It was announced the petition would be mailed to the Embassy. Following the singing of the Israeli and Canadian national anthems, the students moved to Strathcona Park where a Soviet flag was burned. The demonstration ended with a Tisha B’Av holiday service conducted by Rabbi Meyer Berglas of Toronto.