Thousands of Jewish protestors, including young people dressed in prison garb, demonstrated against the treatment of Soviet Jews when they paraded outside a Russian diplomatic residence at Long Island on Monday (January 4).
SV Demonstrators cars entering lane to Russian Residence
SV Other demonstrators arriving, police guarding gates
SV People at rally at Glen Cove, Long Island (2 shots)
SV Float fenced like prison stockade and Jews dressed as prisoners inside.
SV Rabbi David Blumenfeld speaking
SV Members of Jewish Defence League burning Soviet flag and balloons released by other demonstrators (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: RABBI DAVID: "Yes, we who gather here affirm that the essential dignity and equality of all men is an elementary religious and moral principle. So long as this principle is violated, we cannot in good conscience remain silent. We therefore raise our voice in vigorous protest here in Glen Cove, before this Russian Government diplomatic residence today. and say to those who hide themselves behind that locked gate, cease your gross injustices, cease your repressive measures, cease your cruel brutality. We say to you with all vigour and with all our strength -- let us say it together -- let my people go."
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Background: Thousands of Jewish protestors, including young people dressed in prison garb, demonstrated against the treatment of Soviet Jews when they paraded outside a Russian diplomatic residence at Long Island on Monday (January 4). The protest came at a time when Moscow was threatening reprisals if the demonstrations in the United States became violent.
After an open-air rally nearby, an estimated 1,800 cars converged on the Soviet residence. A single float was fenced round like a prison stockade. It carried pictures of recently convicted Soviet Jews and young demonstrators dressed as convicts.
The float also served as a platform for the protest speakers. One of them, Rabbi David Blumenfeld, called for an end to "repressive" measures against Soviet Jews:
In the meantime, members of the Jewish Defence League were burning a Soviet flag. The protest ended with the release of hundreds of balloons, each of them carrying the legend: "Let my people go."
Retaliating to such demonstrations the following day, Moscow blamed Zionist extremists for interfering with the normal running of Soviet institutions and for threatening Soviet diplomats with violence. Because of the protests, Soviet protection of American premises in Moscow.