1914-1918 : The occupation

Brussels is Hungry

After they announced that every person would receive a herring at the Halles Saint-Géry, people gathered in mass around the covered market. The crowd was so dense that the police had a hard job keeping order. Soon it appeared that there were far more candidates than herrings, and discontentment arose, with a few hustles. Brussels was hungry. The importation of goods had fallen radically, causing severe price increases. The food crisis contributed to social tension.