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Defense Minister Otto Gessler Issues Order to Suppress the Nazi Party Newspaper

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Otto Gessler, Minister of Defense and now effective dictator of Germany after President Friedrich Ebert declared a state emergency, personally issues an order of suppression for the Völkischer Beobachter, the Nazi Party's official newspaper.

Gessler doesn't say exactly what his reason is, but it's believed that it's related to a recent story in the Völkischer Beobachter which claimed that Gustav Ritter von Kahr, Bavarian Staatskomissar (state commissioner) with dictatorial governing powers, would "very soon probably allow the proclamation of a monarchy in Bavaria."

All basic constitutional rights of individuals have been suspended in Germany, including freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. Military authorities can thus ban meetings, censor newspapers, make arrests, and do searches without first getting authorization. There are no appeals for any of these actions except to the Ministry of Defense and Otto Gessler.

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