Oman demonstrators killed

Demonstration in Oman

From Al Jazeera:

Deaths in Oman protests

At least two people reportedly killed in industrial town of Sohar as police clash with anti-government demonstrators.

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.

The protests in Oman come amid rising political tensions in the Middle East and North Africa, with uprisings and protests in Bahrain, Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya.

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.

6 thoughts on “Oman demonstrators killed

  1. these misses is done by western government an usa, by supporting med-evils dump governments so they can take free oil, the right of the peoples. if they dont stop such acts they will leave sham to there people over the history


  2. Hi sidfa, I agree. The biggest example of a NATO government propping up dictators and absolute monarchs in the Middle East is the USA. But also, eg, the Dutch government. By the way, the Dutch royal family are big share-owners in the Shell oil corporation.

    This is why eg, people in Egypt are now in solidarity with workers in Wisconsin, USA, in their mass actions against anti-democratic Governor Walker.


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