AJCommittee Study Shows Charges Leveled
by Pompidou on Chicago Visit Unfounded
NEW YORK (JTA) — Charges
by French President Georges Pom-
pidou and his staff regarding their
visit to Chicago last Feb. 28 — that
demonstrators were unruly and ill-
mannered and that the police were
in complicity with them — are un-
supported by the facts, according
to a report released by the Amer-
ican Jewish Committee.
The report by Milton Ellerin, a
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AJC's trends analyses division, was
based on information obtained from
19 eye-witnesses to the event, plus
examination of television films and
news pictures. Among the eye-wit-
nesses were high Chicago Police
Department officials who accom-
panied the Pompidous when they
entered and left the Palmer House,
where the demonstration occurred,
and a security officer who also ac-
companied them in and out.
Other witnesses were city of-
ficials assigned to the demonstra-
tion, TV and radio reporters on
the scene and several youths who
allegedly accosted the Pompidous
as they left the hotel.
Chief among Ellerin's conclu-
sions was that the unwitting of-
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"The evidence is clear that the
demonstrators did not at any time
jostle, strike, assault, spit upon,
threaten, or otherwise abuse the
visiting French dignitaries," he
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He also declared that no evidence
could be found to suggest that the
Chicago Police Department con -
spired with the demonstration
planners to embarrass or harass
the Pompidou party. Commenting
on the conduct of the demonstra-
tors as they assembled and after-
wards, Ellerin reported:
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"It was a heterogeneous demon-
stration, predominantly Jewish, al-
though nuns in habit were observed
marching with the demonstrators.
It is a matter of record that not
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rested and no violence erupted
despite the fact that one demon-
strator was injured when struck
by ice cubes dropped from a hotel
window, and the release of a stench
bomb by a counter-demonstrator."
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House management reported that
in all their years of experience
with demonstrations, the one on
the evening of Feb. 28 was among
the most orderly and peaceful on
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fenders were not demonstrators
— most of whom were Jewish,
protesting France's decision to
sell planes to Libya — but rather
the accompanying members of
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