Saarlanders paraded through the streets of Saarbruecken, November 4 in protest against the greatly increased cost of living incurred as a result of the coal and steel-rich Saar's economic integration with Western Germany, July 5.
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GV Demonstrators march.
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SV Demonstrators march past workmen.
SV Demonstrators with banners.
MV Group of soldiers look on.
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Background: Saarlanders paraded through the streets of Saarbruecken, November 4 in protest against the greatly increased cost of living incurred as a result of the coal and steel-rich Saar's economic integration with Western Germany, July 5. At a rally outside the Opera House, 8,000 banner carrying demonstrators were addressed by trade union leaders, including Herr Erich Lange. Banners bore slogans such as "Bom is taking our bread", and "Money instead of rockets".
Since its reunification four months ago, there have been wide spread token strikes in he Saar, protesting against higher prices after the change-over from the French france to the German mark. Saarlanders maintain the buying power of the mark is unfavourable to them. They also criticised West German social services for reducing family allowances. During the French Administration, large families received extra grants and paid fewer taxes.
The economic integration -- following two and a half years after political union -- brings to Western Germany an extra annual production of 17 million tons of coal, three million tons of pig-iron, and four million tons of raw steel. The Saar had ranked as France's second best customer, buying GBP170 million of French goods annually.