Adolf Hitler's cabinet approves the Reichstag Fire Decree (Reichstagsbrandverordnung), officially named Decree of the Reich President for the Protection of People and State (Verordnung des Reichspräsidenten zum Schutz von Volk und Staat). With this, all protections in the Weimar Constitution for free speech, free press, privacy, and the autonomy of the individual states are eliminated indefinitely.
A second decree against "Treason against the German People and Actions of High Treason," imposes a mandatory death sentence in cases of treason. Threatening to commit treason is treated the same as having committed treason and the admission of mitigating circumstances in a trial is prohibited.
Treason is defined more extensively to include attacks on both the nation's leaders as well as the "national community." If not sentenced to death, a convicted traitor can be detained indefinitely without judicial hearing and is automatically excluded from any future amnesty measures.
A Nazi government spokesman reports:
"Tons of material were confiscated throughout Prussia today, revealing an amazing Communist-Socialist plan to proclaim a general strike, blow up railways, bridges, and gas works, poison reservoirs, dynamite government buildings, storm Berlin and establish Soviet rule.
We believe the government has gained the upper hand but it will be a long battle until the Reds are crushed. It is not believed the government will be able to dispense with its extraordinary power before 1934, but the elections will be held on Sunday on schedule."