Berlin (Feb. 19)
The organ of the German Socialdemocratic Party, “Forwaerts,” today urges the Federal Government to grant the request of Leon Trotsky, addressed in a telegram from Constantinople to the Speaker of the German Reichstag, Paul Loebe, for the right of asylum in Germany.
The working masses, the paper declares, demand that the right of asylum be given Trotsky. There is no use in courting the Soviet state. The government must yield to the voice of the people, the “Forwaerts” declares.
It is stated on good authority that the largest majority of the Socialist fraction is in favor of granting Trotsky admission to the country. It is reported that Trotsky is dangerously ill.
The Speaker has requested the cabinet to take under consideration Trotsky’s telegraphic request. The government members are said to be undecided on the question.