All Quiet in Berlin for Opening of Prussian Parliament: Feared Anti-Jewish Demonstration by Hitleris
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All Quiet in Berlin for Opening of Prussian Parliament: Feared Anti-Jewish Demonstration by Hitleris

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None of the disturbances and anti-Jewish manifestations which occurred when the new Reichstag was opened in October, after the so-called "Black Sunday" elections in which the Hitlerists returned 107 Deputies, and which it was feared would be repeated to-day for the opening of the Prussian Diet in which the Hitlerists constitute the largest Party, took place. Both in the streets and in Parliament itself everything went off in orderly fashion.

The 162 Nazi Deputies marched into the Diet in single file. None of the members of the Prussian Government headed by Herr Braun and Herr Severing, which resigned a few days ago because the Hitlerist victory made its position untenable, were present.

One of the Hitlerist Deputies, General Lietzmann, who is 82, presided over the session by seniority, and after formal business the House adjourned till to-morrow, without electing the new President of the Chamber. According to procedure, the President must be a Hitlerist, since he must come from the largest Party in the House, but the Social Democrats, as the second largest Party are entitled to the Vice-Presidency, and as Dr. Hermann Badt, the Jewish Ministerial Councillor to the Prussian Government, and the Prussian representative on the Federal Council said to the J.T.A., the Hitlerists are unlikely to agree to a Marxist Vice-President.

There is consequently a deadlock, and it is not expected that with the composition of the House what it is this will be overcome in the near future. The position is such that it is possible for the various parties so to obstruct business that it will be impossible for the present Prussian Parliament to carry on its work. In that case, it is understood, the Federal Government will exercise its powers under the Constitution, of appointing a Federal Commissioner to carry on the administrative work of the Prussian State.

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