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Agitation Grows in Poland over Lemberg Anti-jewish Riots

June 7, 1929
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A strike in all Polish educational institutions was proclaimed at a meeting of the national democratic student organization held Wednesday on the campus of the University of Lemberg. The strike was described as a protest against the attitude of the district chief who rejected the demands of the student delegation to release the forty imprisoned students, held for participation in the anti-Jewish riots. The district chief told the delegation that he does not wish to negotiate with “lobuzy” (rowdies).

The strike is to last until the imprisoned students are released and the nationalist students’ organization receives “satisfaction” for being termed “lobuzy.”

When the Jewish students came to the University today they were driven out. Two members of the faculty were likewise compelled to leave the University.

An attempt to hold another street demonstration on Wednesday was frustrated by the intervention of the police. At the same time, a large number of handbills were distributed by the students. The handbills urged the students to “take revenge in case the prisoners are not released.” It is stated that an appeal was sent out to the affiliated student organizations in other Polish universities to declare a sympathy strike.

Today’s issue of the Polish Jewish paper “Chwila” and the Yiddish daily, “Morgen,” whose editorial offices were wrecked by the students on Monday, were confiscated by the authorities.

On Tuesday a delegation composed of the deans of the University, Polytechnic Institute, the Veterinary College and the Commercial College again intervened with the Wojewoda, governor of the district, asking for the release of the arrested students. The Wojewoda declined to take any action, declaring that the prisoners must be treated as offenders. They were placed in jail for the disposition of the district attorney. The press here reports that the Minister of the Interior in special instructions in Warsaw ordered a strict investigation. It is also stated that one of the Lemberg assistant commissioners of police was dismissed from his position for negligence in fulfilling his duty at the time of the disturbance.

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