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Arrests Follow Roumanian King’s Order to Suppress Violence

February 8, 1923
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The King has directed the authorities to suppress the actions of the anti-Semitic student body, following the receipt of petitions presented to him by Jewish leaders, and a stormy debate in the Senate. The Council of Ministers, accordingly, has caused the arrest of 14 ring leaders including the Chairmen of student societies of the philosophic and legal departments. “Covantual”, a rabid students’ publication, has been suppressed.

Discussion of the Jewish questions was continued in the Chamber Tuesday. Deputies Stern, Lupu and Machalack demanding actual protection for the Jewish citizens, declaring the Government’s “phrases” had failed to restore the Jews’ sense of security. A number of Deputies, among them such as are known to be more or less liberal, defended the disturbances on the ground that part of the blame rested with the Jews who, they alleged, overrun the universities, thus provoking the nativists.

The Union of Roumanian Jews has issued a proclamation to the leaders of different parties, threatening to withdraw from the parties unless their leaders joined in the protest against the attacks on the Jews. The party leaders are also called upon to join in the petition to the King and to the ecclesiastical authorities to calm the Christian population.

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