Thursday, May 8, 2014

Germans forcing monarch on Finns

May 8, 1918

It appears that there is little doubt that a monarchy "will be proclaimed in Finland," reports the Associated Press in a dispatch from Stockholm.  The German candidate is Duke Adolf Friedrich of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, an uncle of the Crown Princess of Germany.

There are a number of reactionary forces in Finland, which has had the "most democratic" constitution in Europe, which will be remodeled on "more autocratic lines."

Socialists and Democrats have been banned for favoring the rebellion.  Russian Bolsheviks are said to be fomenting further problems with a "reign of terror and anarchy."   The Bolsheviks are against the idea of "democratic freedom," and many Finns would vote for a republic.

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