• Short Summary

    Nearly one thousand Jews marched through the streets of Rome today (Monday), protesting against the sentences passed last week on eleven would-be hijackers in the Soviet Union.

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    Nearly one thousand Jews marched through the streets of Rome today (Monday), protesting against the sentences passed last week on eleven would-be hijackers in the Soviet Union. The protestors carried banners asking for justice and for the freedom of Jews living in Russia.

    The eleven convicted people--nine of them Jewish--received sentences ranging from two death penalties to a total of 101 years forced labour. The ten-day trial has aroused Jewish indignation throughout the would--and similar demonstrations have taken place in Israel, the U.S.A, France, Britain and several other countries. The eleven were taken prisoners last June when they attempted to hijack a Soviet airliner from Lenigrad to Sweden--and the sentences confirm the Russians' statement last October, after two successful hijackings, that from then on very would adopt very tough measures against any further attempts on their aircraft.

    A side issue, however, the arisen out of these particular sentences--bringing to the fore the problem of Jews who wish to emigrate from the Soviet Union and are unable to obtain permits to do so. Several of the would-be hijackers are said to have claimed this as the reason for their attempt to get to Sweden illegally.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAISY5RGR8EOI4Q0OU8GCSERO7
    Media URN:
    VLVAAISY5RGR8EOI4Q0OU8GCSERO7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/12/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:50:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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