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Former Soviet Jewish Prisoners Protest Continuing Arrests of Soviet Jews

Several hundred Israelis of Russian origin, all of them once prisoners in Soviet detention camps or forced labor battalions, marched here yesterday to protest the continued arrest and imprisonment of Soviet Jews for “being Zionists, or simply for being Jews.” The marchers represented the Assirei Zion, the organization of former persecuted Jews. Each wore the serial numbers he or she had in the concentration camps of Siberia and elsewhere. Many of them carried photographs of Russian Jews known to be imprisoned at present and others carried placards with the slogans, “Free Them, Let Them Go.”