Omanis stage peaceful protest against low salaries, soaring prices

According to witnesses, the youth dispersed peacefully after an hour-long protest near the Ministry of Housing and Interior Ministry

Muscat: A large number of young Omanis took to the streets in a peaceful protest march in the Al Khuwair district where most of the government offices are located.

The youth, protesting against the general conditions such as soaring price rise and growing unemployment, were allowed to walk in a procession although there was heavy police presence.

According to witnesses, the youth dispersed peacefully after an hour-long protest near the Ministry of Housing and Interior Ministry building.

Though the ministry area was deserted when the protest was held at government department as the staff work only up to 2.30pm. the main Sultan Qaboos Highway saw a huge traffic jam of office goers from the private sector heading home. The curious drivers slowed down the traffic, triggering congestion.

"I could see a huge crowd in the ministry area and the traffic was crawling," an expatriate, who wished not to be named, told Gulf News.

Most participants in the protest were reluctant to be quoted as they were government employees. However, some said they protested against low salaries and soaring prices.

The police kept track of the protesters even as some joggers continued with their routine. The police did not interfere and the protest ended as peacefully as it had started.

The Royal Oman Police (ROP) had no comment to make when Gulf News contacted for details about the protest.

This is not the first time such peaceful protest was held in Oman. Recently some young graduates led a delegation to the Education Ministry, demanding teaching jobs.

Meanwhile, social media was abuzz with the news about the protest.

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