Three girls - members of a group calling itself the "Committee For The Release of Soviet Jewish Prisoners" - staged a protest outside the Moscow Narodney Bank in London, Monday (11 December).
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Background: Three girls - members of a group calling itself the "Committee For The Release of Soviet Jewish Prisoners" - staged a protest outside the Moscow Narodney Bank in London, Monday (11 December). The women were demonstrating against the Soviet policy of charging a tax - equivalent to the amount the Government spent for the education of any Jews wishing to emigrate from the USSR.
The women dressed themselves as Santa Claus - complete with long white boards - and handed out pictures of ruble bank notes to passers- by, to symbolise the tax charged on emigrating Jews.
Despite the sacks of "Rubles" being distributed by the girls, bank officials were not upset by the protest. They said such protests occur about every three months.
SYNOPSIS: The Moscow Narodney Bank in central London, was the site Monday of another protest - this time against the Soviet Union's policy of charging tax on educated Jews wishing to leave the country. This protest was unique in that three girl protestors used a Christian symbol to protest the plight of Soviet Jews... The "Santa Clauses" are members of a group calling itself the "Committee For the Release of Soviet Jewish Prisoners." They distributed sacks of imitation "Rubles," to dramatise the tax imposed by the Soviet Government. Bank officials did not seem impressed by the protest. They said such protests are staged about once every three months. The only difference they saw in this protest, was that it was in the spirit of the Christmas season.