Rodriguez, Gold-shirt Leader, Returns to Mexico; 4 Anti-semites Freed
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Rodriguez, Gold-shirt Leader, Returns to Mexico; 4 Anti-semites Freed

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Jewish circles, alarmed over the increasing anti-Semitism in Mexico that was climaxed by riots on Jan. 26, expressed anxiety today over the news that General Nicholas Rodriguez, founder and commander of the gold-shirted Fascist anti-Semitic organization, Accion Revolucionaria Mexicanista, had returned to Mexico from exile.

Meanwhile, the Government took action to prevent further disorders. General Federico Montes, Chief of Police, received orders from the Central Department, in line with instructions from President Lazaro Cardenas, to tolerate no open-air meetings and demonstrations for which permits are not issued. Furthermore, the police are issuing no permits for rallies. Four anti-Semitic leaders, arrested in connection with the Jan. 26 excesses, were released and announced that they would continue with their activities.

Jacob Glanz, poet whose altercation with a Mexican was said to have touched off the disorders, decided to seek a visa to immigrate to the United States after receipt of a series of threatening letters. The last of these letters, signed with a dagger dripping blood and bearing a swastika on its hilt, warned Glanz to “leave the country in fifteen days or be lynched like a dog.” The letter was signed by “The Band of the Three Crosses.” Glanz has lived in Mexico for 14 years.

The Central Committee of Jewish Organizations sponsored a mass-meeting of Jews at which it assured them that the Government was not anti-Semitic, but declared that it was necessary for the Jewish community to defend itself against anti-Semitic propaganda. A speaker at the rally was Elias Cohen, a director of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society of New York.

A Jewish delegation visited Col. Fulgencio Batista, military chief of Cuba, who is visiting here, to express gratitude to him for Cuba’s admission of German refugees who were turned away by Mexico.

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