Steel workers from former East Germany whistle during a demonstration in Berlin as tens of thousands rallied in several eastern cities to voice their anger over the soaring unemployment rate, which is predicted to reach 50 percent by the end of the year. The rapid transition from a command economy to a free-market system has forced many firms to reduce staff in a bid to survive. While many called for Chancellor Helmut Kohl to resign, saying he is unable to cope with the crisis, the Social Democratic Party suggests new elections be held.