Probe Ordered into Police Action

The Public Prosecutor today ordered an investigation into Saturday’s clash between police and Jewish demonstrators during which the police reportedly shouted anti-Semitic epithets. The clash occurred in the borough of St. Josse where Jewish youth groups were protesting the Soviet treatment of Jews. David Susskind, president of the coordinating committee of Jewish organizations in Belgium was arrested but released after brief questioning.

Police claimed the demonstration was not authorized and that the protestors refused to obey orders, disrupted traffic and damaged a police car. They denied that anti-Semitic insults were made. The Belgian Jewish Youth Federation which organized the demonstration claimed otherwise. So far, none of the parents of the demonstrators have protested. Asked if they were planning legal action, Susskind replied, “not yet.”

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