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Gulf protests spread to Oman. Opposition grows in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait
Protests against the tight grip of Gulf rulers widened Sunday as riot police in Oman battled pro-democracy demonstrators in a deadly clash that sharply raised tensions in the region.
Tiny Bahrain is already in turmoil and giant Saudi Arabia is seeking to hold back calls for reforms.
The Gulf protests have shaken the once-comfortable command of various monarchs and sheiks. An ever deeper and sustained political revolt would thrust the Arab world's uprising into the heart of the region's oil riches and Washington's front-line allies against Iran.
The U.S. has long counted on the Gulf's rulers as reliable partners — particularly their common ground over concerns about Iran's efforts to expand its influence. No ruling system has given way, but cracks are evident.
SOHAR, Oman, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Military troops opened fire on about 1,000 protesters in Sohar, Oman, Sunday, killing at least two of them, witnesses said.
Oman (military response)(new)
Iraq (military response)(new)
North Korea (new, isolated)
Algeria Libya (military response)
Bahrain (military response)
China (controlled, probable leaders killed)
Iran (controlled, possible leaders killed)
U.S. (US Uncut protests/70k union supporters, 50 states)(new)
U.K. (UK Uncut protests)(new)
Saudi Arabia (planned start: March 11, 2011)
Coming in March, Facebook page is active
Originally posted by Trueman
reply to post by billxam
Thanks for that list. It's simply amazing. Like I said in other thread, I don't know what are the cubans and venezuelans waiting for !
Protests over media freedom continued in Venezuela Tuesday, a day after two student protesters were killed in separate clashes. Student leaders opposed to cable operators' decision to drop five television channels, including an opposition station, for failure to follow broadcast laws pleaded for an end to the violence at a demonstration in front of the state-run broadcaster.
Renewed protest in Oman, despite sultan's promise of jobs
Feb 28, 2011, 17:22 GMT
Muscat - Protesters gathered in the industrial city of Sohar in Oman Monday for the third straight day to call for political reform and an end to corruption.
The rare showing of public discontent in the Gulf sultanate comes despite promises by Sultan Qaboos to create more job opportunities.
“We need a new constitution, an official apology from the authorities concerned to the family of the people who died in Sohar firing and more power to Majlis Al Shura,” said Basma Al Kiyumi, a demonstrator, adding the government should sack the corrupt ministers and set up a better social welfare system.
Citizens of all age groups and from all walks of life took part in the peaceful protest. “Providing unemployment allowances and 50,000 jobs will not pacify us. There are other serious issues which have to be dealt with. We need social justice and equality. So we are sticking to our new demands,” she added.
Originally posted by Trueman
reply to post by Wolf321
Of course there will be always someone who will try to take advantage of the situation, but that's unavoidable and it's up to them to choose which path to take.