From Al Jazeera:
Deaths in Oman protests
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2011 11:47 GMT
At least two people have been killed in an industrial town in Oman, after police fired rubber bullets on anti-government protesters.
The demonstrations occurred on Sunday, in the town of Sohar, where the military moved in to secure the area, witnesses told the Reuters news agency.
Protesters had gathered to demand political reforms, and a witness said that “two people died after police fired rubber bullets in the crowd”.
Basma al-Rajhi, a political activist, told Al Jazeera that protesters had gathered from all over the country to demand reforms, and that tear gas was also used to break up the demonstrations.
“Demonstrations were also held [in the city of] Salalah,” she said.
Like the fall of the dictators of Tunisia and Egypt has shown: governments killing demonstrators undermine their own survival.
The absolute monarchy in Oman seems not to have learnt from the fate of Ben Ali and Mubarak.
It looks like killing Omani workers does not count for the Dutch government. According to Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will visit Oman next week like nothing has happened.
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