Europe reacts quietly to Rosenbergs' deaths

June 20 1953
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PARIS, June 20, 1953 (UP) -- Communist-led crowds swarmed through European streets last night and early today in generally orderly demonstrations protesting the execution of atom spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. -- A French teen-ager was shot and wounded and 386 persons were arrested in Paris, and two bottles of kerosene were thrown through the window of the U.S. Information Service Office in Dublin, but demonstrations elsewhere were relatively uneventful.

Most European newspapers headlined the executions, but only the Communist sheets studiously ignored the fact that the Rosenbergs had been convicted of a particularly odious crime.

In Rome, the pro-government newspaper Il Popolo suggested that the Reds might better save their tears for the victims of Communist oppression in Berlin.

Country by country, here is the picture of the Rosenberg demonstration:

FRANCE: Police used clubs to break up a student mob near the U.S. Embassy in Paris shortly after midnight. A 19 year-old clerk was shot in the melee, and at least three news photographers complained that they had been manhandled by police.

ITALY: Police with fire hoses broke up a crowd of about 2000 in Turin, averting a "march" on the U.S. Consulate. About 1,000 pickets stalked up and down outside the U.S. Consulate in Milan, but no violence was reported.

There were no notable demonstrations in Rome, but Communist labor unions scheduled a 15-minute "nuisance" strike to protest the executions.

In Naples, the Reds flags flying from Communist headquarters and the homes of party members were at half-staff, and a few dozen young Reds paraded through the low-rent district carrying pictures of the Rosenbergs.

BRITAIN: Some 3,000 demonstrators staged a brief sitdown strike in Regent St., shouting "save the Rosenbergs." The usual crowds of post-coronation sightseers paid no attention to the demonstrators.

IRELAND: Two bottles of kerosene were thrown through the windows of the U.S. Information Service Office, apparently in hopes of starting a fire. The attempt failed.

GERMANY: The Soviet licensed agency ADN broadcast a call for "screams of fury and tears of wrath," but few West Germans paid any attention.

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