The civil war started two days before the date set in the Fey plan — but not by the will of the Social Democrat leaders. In Linz, the police were ordered to search Schutzbund headquarters at the Hotel Schiff; the local Schutzbund leaders decided to resist. The party leaders in Vienna tried to restrain them, but their message did not get through. Fighting broke out on Monday 12 February, between the Schutzbund and the police who were later reinforced by the army. News reached Vienna during the morning. At 11.47 a.m. the Vienna trams stopped running, because the electricity workers had gone on strike. This was the agreed signal for a general strike.
KeywordsSaving Bank Party Leader Electricity Worker General Strike Government Force
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