Omani protesters unfazed by recent sackings
Omani protesters demanding a fight against corruption continued their sit-ins Monday despite the recent dismissal of two ministers and pledges to create jobs. A sit-in at the Earth Roundabout in the industrial city of Sohar, north of Oman, entered its ninth day with activists demanding the firing of additional ministers for alleged corruption, a protester told AFP.
Other demonstrators maintained an anti-corruption sit-in outside the consultative council in Muscat.
The country's leader Sultan Qaboos bin Said on Saturday sacked two ministers in response to protesters' demands. More cabinet members are expected to be removed, as the regime moves to contain popular unrest.
Meanwhile, some 200 employees at Oman Air staged a sit-in on Sunday outside the national carrier's headquarters, demanding higher salaries and promotions. The company promised to study the demands and respond by Tuesday, AFP reported.