A group of British students belonging to the University Committee for Soviet Jewry clashed with officials of the Soviet Consulate in London today (Thursday).
GV Soviet consulate London.
CU Women protestors outside.
SV Demonstrators inside building holding documents against window.
SV Policeman PAN to people in doorway.
CU Freeman interviewed
SV Police attending injured person PAN to other officers and onlookers (2 shots)
CU Rabbi interviewed
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 6): FREEMAN: "They came in, they grabbed hold of me. As a sign of resistance I began singing the song...(Hebrew title)... and as they tried to grab me and throw me out I began the Jewish national anthem. They took me upstairs, and one of them looked very vicious, he looked as though he might attack me, one of them grabbed me by the testicles. Fortunately a British officer - a policeman - came along, and they stopped the incident. I was taken downstairs and one of them made a somewhat derogatory remark about Jews. I didn't understand it, I thought they used the world Jew, and I thought it was derogatory".
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 8): RABBI: "A young man who was knocked down, hit on the head, they didn't hit him whilst in the general miles where they were attacking two boys, the student and the other young man, but they took him on a side in another part of the very large room, and then they hit him. I mean there was no reason".
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Background: A group of British students belonging to the University Committee for Soviet Jewry clashed with officials of the Soviet Consulate in London today (Thursday).
About 50 members of the committee descended on the consulate in the morning to apply for visas to permit them to attend the trials of Jews in the Soviet Union. The student's action was aimed as protest at the "hijack" trial which opened in Leningrad this week.
Trouble began when their leader, 18-year-old Alan Freeman, found what he claimed was an anti-Jewish pamphlet on the premises. Freeman and other gave graphic accounts of the souffles which followed after they had held copies of the pamphlet up to windows in the consulate.
A Soviet Embassy spokesman said the group had behaved like hooligans and turned things upside down in the consular offices. He called for stricter protection of the Embassy by the British police. An official later went to the Foreign Office to make a formal complaint.
SYNOPSIS: There was trouble at the Soviet Consulate in London on Thursday as about fifty Jewish militants tried to apply for visas. They said they wanted to attend the "hijack" trial of Soviet Jews in Leningrad.
The protestors claimed they had found anti-Jewish pamphlets, and there were scuffles as officials tried to eject them. Afterwards, 18-year-old Alan Freeman gave his version of the incident.....
Later, an Embassy official made a formal complaint to the foreign office, and a spokesman said the demonstrators had acted like hooligans. A Rabbi who accompanied the group gave this account of events.....