Omani soldiers use force to end one month sit-in
Omani troops stormed on Tuesday the Earth roundabout in Sohar evacuating a small group of pro-reform protesters and ending a month-old sit-in, eyewitnesses said. They told AFP that soldiers attacked the central area of the northern industrial town at dawn. Less than 20 demonstrators were on the roundabout.
ONA state news agency said security forces detained some "wanted people in Sohar" for "blocking roads and attacking security men".
Yesterday it was reported that a group of demonstrators in Sohar forced government officials in the city to be absent from work, calling for reforms and improvement of social conditions. The protesters were threatening to close Earth roundabout, as well as the Sohar Industrial city if their demands are not met. They called for the dismissal of ministers of trade and industry, housing, justice, as well as the Attorney General.