MANAMA, March 21 (Xinhua) -- Bahrain's largest opposition society on Monday voiced support for the trade unions' call for a nationwide strike in solidarity with anti-government protestors and urged workers to seriously participate in it.
"The strike is valid as workers are afraid to step out of their homes due to increasing checkpoints put in place by authorities. Some evidences show that workers and residents are subjected to harsh treatment and harassment at these check points," Al Wefaq National Islamic Society said in a statement sent to Xinhua.
It further said several members of the security forces had vandalized vehicles at the checkpoints.
The General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions (GFBTU) said Monday they would continue the general strike until further notice.
"We received an overwhelming response from the trade unions affiliated to us. Workers are scared to go out, fearing they would be arrested and this should stop," GFBTU Secretary-General Salman Mahfoodh told Xinhua.
The Bahraini Interior Ministry said the present security situation in the country was stable.
"Many people returned to work today (Monday) and traffic flow in all parts of Bahrain was smooth. The ministry intends to intensify the 24-hour security measures in all areas and neighborhoods, in order to both protect citizens and residents and prevent any criminal activity," the ministry said in a statement on Monday.
The ministry added that a criminal investigation has been launched into the death of Ali Abdulrasool Alhujairi, a man whose body was found in Awali area Sunday.