NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
7th April, 1920 : French troops have marched into the major cities of the Ruhr and there have been skirmishes between their Moroccan soldiers and angry mobs of German nationalists in which a number of people have been killed. Student leaders are reported to have climbed on to motor cars to harangue the crowds. The French move came in response to the arrival of German forces in the area who were attempting to thwart plans by armed communists to seize control of this industrial centre. Under the terms of the Treaty of Versailles, Germany is allowed to keep 40,000 soldiers in the neutral zone.
[One ought not to be surprised to find the Communists behind it]