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Government to Avoid Incidents During Trial of Anti-semites

August 6, 1930
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The government authorities and the police are now taking measures to prevent a demonstration of anti-Semitic students in front of the court house when the trial of Zelea Codreanu, anti-Semitic leader, opens this week. While the date of the trial is being kept secret the Jewish Telegraphic Agency learns that it will take place Thursday.

Admission to the court room will be by special permits only in order to forestall any incidents by Codreanu’s followers. Simultaneously with Codreanu’s trial there will also start the proceedings against the seven anti-Semitic students accused of conspiring against the life of Dr. Constantin Angelescu, assistant minister of the interior, who was recently shot.

The official accusation charges them, including the would-be assassin of Dr. Angelescu, George Bezea, with plotting not only against Dr. Angelescu but also against other ministers. It is expected that they will be sentenced to from six months to two and a half years in prison.

While the Bucharest papers today are demanding severe punishment for those participating in any disturbance likely to occur during the trials of Bezea and Codreanu, the “Universul,” organ of the anti-Semites, publishes articles and news reports full of anti-Semitic propaganda.

The “Universul” alleges that the Jews of Suceava are “again robbing the Roumanian peasants, depriving them even of their clothes for unpaid debts.” The paper tells its readers that yesterday there was discovered in a Jewish house in Suceava “eighty suits of clothes which a Jew took away from the villagers for unpaid loans.” A similar story appears today in the “Cuvantul,” a pro-Carol paper, which says that “the Jews exploit the peasants to their last shirt.”

The official investigation into the anti-Semitic disturbances in Bereshty, which was concluded today, establishes that the local authorities were lenient and recommends their dismissal.

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