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Oman protesters call for political reform, pay rise

Post by Strawberry on Sat Feb 19, 2011 1:13 am

(Reuters) - About 300 people demanded political reforms and better pay in a peaceful protest in Oman on Friday as unrest in other Middle East countries and North Africa turned increasingly violent.

Men and women gathered in Ruwi, a commercial district in the capital, after prayers and chanted "we want democracy" while others shouted "more pay and jobs."

"Food prices and other commodities have gone up twice in price in the last three years... the increase is not enough," student Mohammed Hashil told Reuters.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/19/us-oman-protests-idUSTRE71I0V920110219
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Post by Strawberry on Sat Feb 26, 2011 4:21 pm

Oman reshuffles cabinet as protesters block mall

(Reuters) - Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said reshuffled his cabinet on Saturday, changing six ministers in "the public's interest," one week after a rare protest calling for political reform.

The cabinet changes came as 500 protesters demanding democracy and jobs blocked traffic and broke street lights in the largest industrial city Sohar. Protests are rare in Oman, a small Gulf country where political parties are banned.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/26/us-oman-cabinet-idUSTRE71P1IN20110226
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Post by Strawberry on Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:10 am

JediJaney said this morning:

Police are firing teargas into crowds today in Oman
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Post by Lime Flavoured on Sun Feb 27, 2011 6:48 am

Oh Man!

Sorry for the lame pun, but it was obvious.

Anyway, it'll be interesting to see if these protests carry on and get bigger. As has been said before though, the main worry is that somewhere like Saudi Arabia or Iran will descend into chaos.

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Post by Lurker on Sun Feb 27, 2011 7:47 am

Janey wrote:Oman: Police station and government buildings are on fire
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