Last Update 17:51
Sunday, 17 November 2019

Nationwide strike named 'Karama' takes off in several Syrian towns

A number of cities close shop and keep their children at home in a nationwide strike called for on Sunday by Syrian revolutionaries

Ahram Online , Sunday 11 Dec 2011
syria big
Demonstrators gather in Hula, near Homs November 13, 2011 (Photo: Reuters)
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1226
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1226

Cities across Syria on Sunday have participated in a country-wide strike organised by the Local Popular Committees under the name Karama the Arabic word for "dignity." The strikes aim to paralyse the repressive regime of Bashar Al-Assad.

According to the Twitter account of @RevolutionSyria, the strike has taken effect in a wide range of cities and their neighbouring villages, including Idlib, Aleppo, Hama and Homs. Students have not gone to school and all shops are closed.

The General Authority of the Syrian Revolution (GASR) has reported that 21 people on Saturday were killed by Syrian security forces.

Bourhan Ghalioun, head of the Syrian umbrella opposition group, the Syrian National Council (SNC), called for immediate pressure on the Syrian regime by the international community and the Arab world.

In a press conference held in Rome before a meeting with the Italian foreign minister, Ghalioun underlined that the protection of the Syrian people is the responsibility of the United Nations.

He added that the country is not facing a civil war. He said this despite the growing presence of armed resistance from army defectors and some protesters taking up arms.

The Italian foreign minister, Giulio Maria Terzi di Sant Agataassured that his country will continue to place sanctions on the Syrian regime. An Arab League Coordination Committee meeting that was set to be held on Saturday was postponed to mid-December.  

According to the UN figures, the death count in Syria in the government crackdown on protests has now reached 4,000. Source also say that at least 20,000 refugees have fled since the uprising that is now entering its ninth month.

Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.