Ongoing protest movment in Oman demands improved economic conditions for working people.
May 14, 2011 —New York
By Rawlinsview with press agencies.
Omani forces clear protest camps, arrest many
MUSCAT | Sat May 14, 2011 1:03am IST
MUSCAT (Reuters) – Omani security forces cleared demonstrators’ camps and arrested hundreds, witnesses and protesters said, stamping out two more centres of protests demanding improved living conditions in the Gulf Arab country.
In the southern port of Salalah, security forces fired shots in the air to push out protesters camped outside the provincial governor’s office late on Thursday, destroying their tents and arresting dozens and possibly hundreds of protesters, witnesses said. No one was seriously injured.
Oman pumps out 800,000 barrels of oil a day but has a poorer population than its wealthy neighbour, the United Arab Emirates.
Protesters have focused on demands for more jobs, better wages and an end to graft. They have also urged more democratic reforms in the conservative and once tranquil sultanate.