• Short Summary

    In East Berlin today, the East German Government ordered all workmen, students, and scholars, for a mass meeting to demonstrate against the armament of the Federal Army with Atomic weapons.

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    In East Berlin today, the East German Government ordered all workmen, students, and scholars, for a mass meeting to demonstrate against the armament of the Federal Army with Atomic weapons.

    The meeting, which was obviously well-ordered, quiet, almost unenthusiastic in its lack of incident, took place in the Marx-Engels Plats in East Berlin.

    In West Germany, Herr Ollenhauer, the leader of the West German Socialists has said that his party will make use of all constitutional means to prevent the realization of Parliament's decision to accept atomic arms, if requested by N.A.T.O. He regards a general strike as one of the permissible measures.

    In Hamburg today, several hundred dockworkers held an unofficial half-hour protest strike, and over 500 students of the State Engineering School made a silent march.

    The psychological need to express protests 'for the record' is very strong in the present generation of German Left-Wing leaders. It springs, no doubt, from past failure to counter effectively Hitler's seizure of power.

    Whether Herr Ollenhauer is able to press his ultimatum to the 'constitutionally permissible' limit remains to be seen. On being pressed he said one way in which the will of the people could be expressed was through a mass petition; but this device has unhappy associations in West Germany - it has been used too often by the Communist, as these mass demonstrations today in East Berlin remind us.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9PJS1NEB9LKA263BNBEXUOEB0
    Media URN:
    VLVA9PJS1NEB9LKA263BNBEXUOEB0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/03/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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