Three British Jews chained themselves to teleprinters in the London offices of the Soviet Tass News Agency last night (Monday) in protest over the trial in Leningrad of nine Jews accused of anti-Soviet activities.
GV Tass offices
SV & CU Demonstrators holding pictures of Russian jews on trial in Leningrad (2 shots)
SV PAN Three demonstrators leaving Tass building after being unchained
SV Police leaving building ZOOM TO policeman carrying large shears
CU Girl talking to reporter (SOF)
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER (SEQ. 5): "What did you hope to achieve by chaining yourself in up there?"
GIRL: "We hoped to draw the world's attention to the unjust imprisonment of nine Leningrad Jews who are due to go on trial tomorrow for reported anti-Soviet activities which are no more than wanting to learn hebrew and wanting to be able to behave as Jews and wanting to go to Israel, their homeland."
REPORTER: "Do you think that was a very effective means of protest?"
GIRL: "We have had the press here in full force. We feel that the more attention drawn to us and our activities, will awaken the world and perhaps awaken a world outcry to the unjust treatment of Jews in Russia."
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Background: Three British Jews chained themselves to teleprinters in the London offices of the Soviet Tass News Agency last night (Monday) in protest over the trial in Leningrad of nine Jews accused of anti-Soviet activities. The protesters were quickly removed from the premises by police. Police had to use a pair of giant steel shears to cut through the chains binding three of the demonstrators to the teleprinter machines.