EAST GERMANY: Loaded Question

Last week 13,071,156 East Germans (98.6% of the electorate) were paraded to the polls to answer a loaded question: "Are you for a peace treaty and removal of occupation troops or for EDC and letting occupation troops stay on for 50 years?" Just in case anyone wondered which of two circles on the ballot was the proper one to mark, huge banners at most voting places read: "Every German votes for the peace treaty." The results: 93½% for a Communist-bestowed peace treaty and against EDC.


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