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Holocaust memorial in Uruguay defaced
The Uruguayan Jewish community denounced desecrations to a Holocaust memorial in the capital.

The Montevideo memorial was vandalized several times during the past week.

Ernesto Kreimerman, president of the Central Israelite Committee of Uruguay, told El Pais newspaper that these types of actions “tend to happen when there are anti-Semitic expressions on the world stage,â€? mentioning comments by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

A few months ago, another Uruguayan Jewish leader, Abel Bronstein, commented in an interview with JTA that there had not been any major anti-Semitic acts in Uruguay since the early 1990s.

The government swiftly repudiated the recent desecrations.

The mayor of Montevideo, Ricardo Ehrlich, ordered city workers to erase the graffiti and organized a demonstration at the memorial as workers cleaned the area.