Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Syrian opposition called a general strike and challenges the Asad regime

The Syrian opposition launched a general strike called for Wednesday, again defying the regime of Bashar Assad, under increasing international pressure. In the coming days, the United States will announce new measures against Syria. "This Wednesday will be called a general strike in Syria," said a statement posted on the Facebook page of the "Syrian Revolution 2011," protest movement engine delivered last March against the Asad regime.

"Let's make Wednesday a Friday (regular expressions), with several mass rallies, no schools, no universities, no restaurants nor shops open." According to NGOs, since the outbreak of riots in Syria, there are more than 800 dead and over 8,000 arrested. The head of American diplomacy, Hillary Clinton, announced a package of additional measures "will be announced in the coming days.

For its part, Catherine Ashton, was in Washington to "discuss what can be done in the Arab country." "It is extremely urgent that the Syrian government to react," added the representative of the European Union. The French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe has said that a UN condemnation is necessary, and that support from Moscow and Beijing still exists.

In Brussels, ambassadors from the 27 EU member countries, met Tuesday to discuss possible sanctions on President Assad. The EU has already imposed several sanctions to 13 Syrian officials, including several members of the president's family. A Syrian defender of human rights said Tuesday that at least 14 people died in the last three days of protests in the small western town of Tal Kalakh.

Residents of Tal Kalakh, a village inhabited mostly by Sunni near the border with Lebanon, claimed that he was denied access to ambulances for the wounded due to the presence of snipers and military blockades, as Rami Abdul-Rahman , director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Abdul-Rahman said by telephone from London that 761 people have died since the uprising began in mid-March.

Another 126 military and police officers lost their lives due to violence, said the director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Meanwhile, an official at the Interior Ministry said two security officers were killed in an attack on their vehicle in a village in the western province of Homs, and four others were injured, reported state news agency Sana.

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