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The Facebook group, The Syrian Revolution 2011, which boasts more than 178,000 followers and which has emerged as the organizing force behind the demonstrations that have been demanding “freedom” in Syria has called for nationwide strike this Wednesday May 18 .

The group published a poster on its Facebook page that shows the picture of child urging his father to participate in the strike: ” Dad :Your strike guarantees my future ”

“Wednesday will be a day of general strike in Syria,” said the Syrian Revolution 2011 statement posted on its Facebook page

“It will be a day of punishment for the regime by the revolutionaries and the people of free will,” the statement said and added : “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.”

The call for a general strike is in defiance of a government brutal crackdown to crush the pro-democracy protests that started just over 2 months ago in Daraa in southern Syria

Syrian president Bashar al Assad is reportedly determined to crush the revolt, which is the gravest challenge to his family’s 40-year-old ruling dynasty. Assad inherited power from his father in 2000, and has maintained close ties with Iran and Islamic militant groups such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza.

The strike call came amid reports of discovery of a mass grave in Daraa on Monday.

Ammar Qurabi, of the National Organization for Human Rights in Syria said on Monday : “The army today allowed residents to venture outside their homes for two hours a day. They discovered a mass grave in the old part of town but authorities immediately cordoned off the area to prevent residents from recovering the bodies, some of which they promised would be handed over later,” he said on the phone from Cairo.

Watch this You Tube video on the excavation of the mass grave

The Syrian Revolution 2011 Facebook group posted the following pictures on its facebook page and said 20 corpses have been recovered so far from the mass grave

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