• Short Summary

    LIFE IN DAMASCUS - THE SYRIAN CAPITAL - WAS ALMOST BACK TO NORMAL LAST WEEK AFTER THE THREE-DAY STRIKE BY THE CITY'S MERCHANTS AND BUSINESSMEN.

  • Description

    LIFE IN DAMASCUS - THE SYRIAN CAPITAL - WAS ALMOST BACK TO NORMAL LAST WEEK AFTER THE THREE-DAY STRIKE BY THE CITY'S MERCHANTS AND BUSINESSMEN. THE STRIKE HIGHLIGHTED A PERIOD OF AGITATION AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT'S SOCIALIST POLICIES DURING WHICH A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED. THE PRIME MINISTER, LIEUTENANT-GENERAL AMIN AL HAFEZ, SPEAKING AT A MASS RALLY IN DAMASCUS, SAID HE WOULD CRUSH "CONSPIRATORS AND EXPLOITERS" ATTACKING HIS GOVERNMENT'S POLICIES.

    THE STRIKE OF MERCHANTS AND BUSINESSMEN IN DAMASCUS BROUGHT THE CITY TO A COMPLETE STANDSTILL. A GOVERNMENT WARNING THAT STRIKERS WHO REFUSED TO OPEN THEIR SHOPS MUST FACE CONFISCATION OF THEIR PROPERTY HAD THE DESIRED EFFECT ON MOST OF THE MERCHANTS, AND BY WEDNESDAY MOST SHOPS WERE GOING ABOUT THEIR NORMAL BUSINESS.

    SOME OF THE SHOPS THAT REMAINED PADLOCKED DESPITE THE GOVERNMENT'S WARNING, WERE FORCED OPEN BY SOLDIERS PATROLLING THE STREETS.

    SEVERAL PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED DURING THE STRIKE ON CHARGES OF INCITING DISORDER AND HINDERING SOCIALIST POLICIES. THEY APPEARED BEFORE A SPECIAL TRIBUNAL IN DAMASCUS. AFTER THE HEARING THE COURT ANNOUNCED THAT EIGHT OF THOSE ARRESTED HAD BEEN SENTENCED TO BE SHOT - AND TWENTY-ONE WERE ACQUITTED.

    SPEAKING AT A MASS RALLY IN THE CAPITAL DURING THE CRISIS, THE PRIME MINISTER AND CHAIRMAN OF SYRIA'S PRESIDENCY COUNCIL, LIEUTENANT-GENERAL AMIN AL HAFEZ, WARNED HE WOULD CRUSH "CONSPIRATORS AND EXPLOITERS" ATTACKING HIS GOVERNMENT'S SOCIALIST POLICIES AND NATIONALISATION LAWS. HE TOLD THE RALLY THAT FUNDS SMUGGLED ABROAD BY BUSINESSMEN SHOULD BE RETURNED OR "THEY WILL REMAIN IN PRISON UNTIL THEY DIE LIKE DOGS". LIEUTENANT-GENERAL HAFEZ TOLD THE CROWD: "YOU MUST BE CONFIDENT THAT, WITH YOUR SOLIDARITY AND FAITH, YOU WILL CRUSH THESE EXPLOITING WOLVES. YOU HAVE ON YOUR SIDE A MIGHTY ARAB ARM GIVING YOU FULL SUPPORT...WE DO NOT AWAIT SUPPORT FROM ANYONE, AND WE ARE MORE POWERFUL THAN ANY GROUP. WE ARE PROUD OF YOU, AND THE CONSPIRATORS AND BLOOD-SUCKERS WILL KNOW THEIR FATE.."

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    Film ID:
    VLVAPM5ZYQ8WHZ18Z8OWWEP3QKXR
    Media URN:
    VLVAPM5ZYQ8WHZ18Z8OWWEP3QKXR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/02/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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