RIM (Rovens Independent Media)
Release: July 23, 301 AP.

Riots turn to mass strikes in Rovens

The country's unions have taken control of the disorder in the country,
marshalling workers into mass strikes nation wide in opposition to the rioting
youths. It appears to have worked.

Last night, union officials used the nation's radio stations -- the government
has complete control of the television station -- to call for a nation-wide
strike, instead of continuing the "self-destructive riots" that have plagued
the nation all weekend. It appears to have worked: rioting has practically
ended in all cities across the nation, replaced by the march of thousands more
feet in strike protests against the government and the assassination of
much-loved communist Rhosei Penyassa.

The President declared it a "victory for common sense and right-thinking" while
others in his government see the strike as worse for them.

"The rioting may have been bad, but there were only ten thousand of them in
cities of three hundred thousand", said one government junior minister. "Now,
we have four times that number refusing to work -- though less violent, for us,
this is far worse." The fear is that should the strike continue the country is
increasingly paralysed.

The unions have called on the President to step down and allow a "fresh
approach" to take control of the investigation into the assassination. They
have another eighteen demands, including increased employment through
government-sponsored work programmes, and a halving of the Army's size.

While the strikes only attracted about a tenth of the country's estimated eight
million workers -- outside the communist state -- were on strike today, but
estimates are that between a third and a half of the striking workers -- up to
four-hundred thousand workers nation-wide -- were on the streets in
union-organised protests.

"Tell all of your colleagues to join you here tomorrow", one union organiser
told a crowd of over 40,000 in Haastadt. The unions are hoping for four million
people in the streets by the week's end protesting the government's lack of
progress.


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