Monday, 09. December 2013 - 01:12
11. 08. 12. - 13:00
City officials have begged store owners to reopen after 95 per cent of them shut up when it was falsely reported that they were planning a clampdown on the sale of counterfeit products.
The rumour that quickly circulated on the internet sparked fears that the local council in China's Shenyang city needed to get more revenue and had ordered taxmen to come down hard on shop owners.
But local officials have denied the story and appealed for store owners to reopen after they were flooded with complaints from residents who could no longer find shops open.
A news release on Shenyang's media bureau said: "Recently some small businesses closed their doors after hearing unfounded rumours. This has caused many problems and we can only reiterate that these rumours are false - and there are no raids being planned.
"Relevant authorities have neither carried out dedicated campaigns nor imposed heavy fines."
The Southern Metropolis Daily said shop closures had started on 13 July and spread from there as more rumours spread about the supposed fines.
Shopkeepers questioned by local media said they would rather close their doors than lose money.
Residents in Shenyang meanwhile have posted tens of thousands of angry comments on the issue, as well as photos of closed shops.
"Went out for lunch at noon, all supermarkets and restaurants were closed! How will we survive?" one Sina Weibo user complained.
"Shenyang is now a dead city. A city with no life and no happiness," complained another who said she had failed to find anywhere selling rice for 5 days.
Croatia in a group with Brazil
The World Cup in Brazil will take place from 12 June to 13 July next year.
Dubrovnik marks 22nd anniversary of bombing
The Southern Croatian town of Dubrovnik on Friday marked the 22nd anniversary since it was attacked by the Yugoslav army.
Minister Zmajlovic calls for ecological protection of Adriatic and the Mediterranean
Croatian Minister of Environment Mihael Zmajlovic has pointed out the importance of protecting of the Adriatic Sea at the International Convention in Istanbul, Turkey.
Croatia and Qatar share energy expertise
The move was agreed when Qatar's Minister of Energy and Industry Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada visited Croatian Minister of Economy Ivan Vrdoljak in Zagreb.
Cipla takes over Croatian Celeris
Cipla, one of world's leading generic pharmaceutical companies, has acquired Croatia based company Celeris.
Girlfriend discovers cheating boyfriend in a live radio program
The young girl called Sandra from capital Zagreb has suspected her boyfriend Marko could have someone else because he was receiving SMS messages even during the night.
Kovac awaits World Cup draw in Brazil
Croatian national football team coach Niko Kovac and the rest of the delegation went to Brazil to await the draw for the World Cup 2014 scheduled for Friday.
French backed company takes over Zagreb Airport
French backed company International Airport Zagreb will take over Zagreb Airport this week, having paid the first two million Euro, one of the pre-conditions of the take over.
Croatian Motorways officials offer resignation
Two board members of Croatian Motorways (HAC) have offered their resignation after an accident that happened last weekend when three persons have died between junctions Sveti Rok and Maslenica.
Josipovic calls for more Italian investment in Croatia
Croatian President Ivo Josipovic has called for more Italian investment in Croatia during this week's meeting with the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Retired priest launches action to get religious education out of schools in Croatia|
|Croatia launches a petition to ban all the politicians|
|Conservatives won the referendum in Croatia|
|Croatia gets a new luxury residence for seniors|
|Croatia in a group with Brazil|