Oman protestors call for fight against corruption

Around 200 protestors took to the streets to protest high food prices and corruption
OMAN PROTESTS Omanis were reported to have been calling for higher wages and fixed costs for basic food items, which have dramatically risen amid the global downturn (ITP Images)
By Claire Ferris-Lay
Tue 18 Jan 2011 06:34 PM

Around 200 Omanis took to the streets on Monday to demonstrate against corruption and high food prices, it has been reported.

Despite protests and trade unions being largely prohibited in the Gulf, police did not intervene in the protest, said the newswire AFP.

Protesters chanted slogans calling for an end to corruption and carried banners saying “Rising prices have destroyed the dreams of ordinary citizens”.

The crowd, which gathered outside the housing ministry, were reported to have been calling for higher wages and fixed costs for basic food items, which have dramatically risen amid the global downturn.

The Omani demonstration comes days after a revolt in Tunisia which toppled the 23-year presidency of Zine Al Abidine Bin Ali.

 

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