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The only notable Social Democrat leader in Germany who baa openly opposed the war is Karl Liebknecbt, whose declaration (quoted from tbe "Labour Leader") was published re Gently in the English Press. He said:—»

"My vote against tbe War Credit Bill is based on the following considerations :—This war was desired by none of the peoples involved, nor is it being waged for tbe well being of tbe German or any other people. It is an Imperialist war, a war for the rule of the World market, for political domination over important territories of exploitation for industrial capitalists and financiers. From the standpoint of the competition in tbe armaments of war, it is a war provoked by the war parties of Germany and Austria jointly, in tbe darkness of semi feu dalisto and secret diplomacy, to gain an advantage over tbeir opponents. At tbe same time the war is a Bona partist effort to disnerve and to split the growing movement of tbe working class, wbiob, despite remorseless and unsparing attempt; to create confusion in its ranks, bas developed greatly of Sate.

"Tbe German watobword, 'Against v Tsarism,' is proclaimed for the purpose —jußt as tbe present British and French watchwords are proclaimed — j.o exploit tbe noblest inclinations and the revolutionary traditions and ideals

of the people in stirring up hatred of other peoples. Germany, tho accomplice of Tsarisra, the model of political reaction until this very day, has no standing as the liberator ' of, tbe peoples. Tbe liberation of both tbe Russian and the German people muse be tbeir own work

"The war is no German war of defence, lis historical basis and its course at the start make the pre*en s>ion of our capitalist Government that tbe purpose for which it demand? credits is the defence of the country unacceptable

•• The early conclusion of a peace without conquests must be urged, and all efforts to this and must be sup ported. Only by strengthening,' jointly and continuously, tbe currents in all tbe belligerent countries which bave suob a peace as their object can this bloody slaughter be brought to an end before tbe entire exhaustion of tbe peoples has occurred Only v peace based on the ground of tbe international solidarity of the working class and the freedom of all peoples can be lasting. Therefore it is the duty of the proletariat of all countries to carry through during the war a common Socialistic work in favour of peace,

•• I support the relief credits with the reserve that the sum demanded appears to me far from efficient. No less willingly I vote for everything wbich may relieve the hard fate of our brothers on the battlefield as well as that of tbe wounded and diseased, for Swbom I feel tbe deepest com passion. But as a protest against tbe

war, against those who are re3ponsibl 8 or it, and who have caused it, agains' be cantalisfc purposes for which it is being used, against the annexation schemes, against the violation of the neutrality of Belgium and Luxemberg; against the unlimited rule of martial law, against the neglect of social and political duty for wbich tbe Government and the ruling clasps fare guilty, I vote against the demanded war credits "

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GERMAN SOCIALIST'S VIEWS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3408, 23 February 1915

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GERMAN SOCIALIST'S VIEWS. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3408, 23 February 1915

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