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Strikes in Berlin are over
Soup being given out to hungry crowds in Berlin in 1916. The scarcity of food has been a constant thorn in Germany's side since the outbreak of the war. Access to food was one of the striking workers' main demands Photo: Manchester Guardian History of War, 1916

Strikes in Berlin are over

Berlin, 6 February 1918  - Strikes by an estimated 750,000 armament workers in Berlin are over, according to a Reuters telegram from Amsterdam.

The telegram further states that German government measures against the strike leaders have given rise to considerable discontent among German troops in Flanders.

German official sources claim that the unrest, which began last week, was instigated by foreign agents in an effort to weaken the German army.

Approximately 40 factories were affected in Berlin and there were also reports of strikes in Hamburg and Nuremberg. The workers’ list of demands was extensive and reportedly included an end to military control of industry, seizure of food stocks for the purposes of restoring proper food supply, a lifting of the restrictions on freedom of assembly and expression, and the introduction of democratic reforms in Germany, namely general, direct and secret suffrage for all men and women over the age of 20.

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]

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The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.