NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
17th February, 1934 : There is fear for the future of Austria tonight, following the ruthless crushing of the uprising by the Social Democrats. Hundreds of demonstrators were killed and wounded in Vienna when the Army used machine guns and field guns to clear the streets. The Government has declared a state of emergency. The Socialist Mayor of Vienna, Karl Seitz, has been arrested along with a number of other leading members of the Social Democrats and it is expected that the Party will be proscribed.
The Government’s handling of the situation is causing much unease. Already, some foreign newspapers have been cconfiscated and reports are circulating that Hitler may annex Austria. Many Jews are fleeing the country.
[ Social Democrats love democracy when the voting goes their way. If not, they resort to violence. ]