In the GDR, gaps in the supply of consumer goods and foodstuffs become more and more frequent; the workers become restless. From January to September 1970, the FDGB (Free German Federation of Trade Unions) board registers 22 strikes and labour conflicts; from October 1970 to April 1971 there are as many as 63 such incidents. Political and economic dissatisfaction grows. In the SED Politburo, fear spreads of a new 17 June. Walter Ulbricht is blamed for the emerging crisis.