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February 6, 1918: Mandatory Sunday Rest

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The 123rd article of the constitution established in IV section: "For each six days of work the worker shall enjoy, at least, one day of rest." In spite of this, some factory, warehouses and shops owners in Mexico City refused to grant this benefit, arguing that the 123rd article of the Constitution did not establish Sunday as the day to rest.

With the aim of enforcing the Magna Carta, the governor of the Federal District, Alfredo Breceda, ordered the publication of a notice to all owners of commercial establishments and factories to comply with the established in the 123rd article with regard to working hours and mandatory Sunday rest. In case of not complying with the law, they would be creditors to fines and in case of recidivism, they would be taken to prison.

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