Jews Demonstrate in Tbilisi; Soviet Embassy Will Accept Petitions

More than 300 Jews demonstrated outside Communist Party headquarters in Tbilisi, capital of the Soviet Georgian Republic, yesterday, according to information reaching here. They were protesting the Soviet authorities’ failure to process their applications for visas to go to Israel. A similar demonstration took place last Thursday, when more than 200 Tbilisi Jews stood outside Party headquarters and harassed personnel. They dispersed when promised that an official from Moscow would come to deal with their cases. The official who arrived last Friday met with the Jews but failed to satisfy them.

The Soviet Embassy here, the scene of almost daily demonstrations of sympathy with Soviet Jews, informed police commissioner, Sir John Waldron today, that it will receive deputations and petitions two days a week, Mondays and Thursdays. The Soviets gave no reason for the move, which appeared to stem from the continuing demonstrations.

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