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Title: PRESIDENT AND PM CONDEMN VANDALISM AT JEWISH

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08VILNIUS6552008-08-11 15:06:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: PRESIDENT AND PM CONDEMN VANDALISM AT JEWISH 
COMMUNITY CENTER 
 
REF: A. VILNIUS 472 
     ¶B. STATE 60838 
 
¶1.  In the early morning of August 10, the Jewish Community 
Center in Vilnius and the Jewish Community Center in the city 
of Panevezys were vandalized with spray painted anti-Semitic 
symbols and other crude graffiti.  The President and Prime 
Minister condemned the vandalism with strong statements on 
August 11. 
 
¶2.  President Adamkus called the vandalism "a destructive and 
sordid act not only against Lithuania's Jewish community but 
also against Lithuania as a whole.  I underline that there is 
no, and never will be, room for hatred and instigation of 
discord in Lithuanian society."  Adamkus said that the 
perpetrators must be found and called the vandalism a "harsh 
provocation against Lithuania." 
 
¶3.  PM Kirkilas put out a statement despite being on 
vacation.  He noted the significant contributions that Jews 
of Lithuanian descent have made to Lithuania.  He said that 
"the so called 'patriots', (by) drawing anti-Semitic slogans 
on the walls and flooding internet commentaries with racist 
phrases, in reality hate Lithuania and harm it."  Acting PM, 
Finance Minister Rimantas Sadzius, spoke by phone with the 
chairman of the Lithuanian Jewish Community, Simon 
Alperovitch, and also reportedly told the head of the police 
to conduct a swift and thorough investigation. 
 
¶4.  This vandalism is the latest in a series of anti-Semitic 
and racist incidents, to which the GOL often has been slow to 
respond (ref A).  Since the GOL's slow response to a March 11 
skinhead march in Vilnius, Post has reminded GOL officials at 
several levels on several occasions that they must condemn 
such events swiftly and strongly (ref B).  The speed with 
which the Prime Minister and President made their statements, 
and the severity of their tone, gives us hope that the 
message is getting through. 
LEADER