Call for general strike falls on deaf ears in Syria

The Syrian opposition’s calls to hold a general day long strike on Wednesday have been largely ignored, Aljazeera reported.

The Syrian opposition called for a general strike as the government denied reports that it has been burying anti-government protesters in mass graves.

“Wednesday will be a day of punishment for the regime by the revolutionaries and the people of a free will,” the Syrian Revolution 2011 opposition group said on its website.

“Let’s transform this Wednesday into a Friday (the regular day for protests), with mass protests, no schools, no universities, no stores or restaurants open and even no taxis.”

But these calls have gone unheeded. The city streets and markets in Damascus and other large Syrian cities are busy as usual.

“You see, the market is working as usual, with all the shops open, no ne is going to support any such calls,” an owner of a clothing shop in Damascus central Hamidia market told a RIA Novosti correspondent.

DAMASCUS, May 18 (RIA Novosti) 

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