Oman. The Arab Spring was expressed in Oman in demands for higher wages, lower prices and reduced corruption, rather than for radical political changes. In the important industrial city of Sohar, where a giant harbor was recently completed, 2,000 young people demonstrated on February 27-28 that the port had not given the jobs they hoped for. According to Countryaah official site, the protesters set fire to several government buildings, after which the police and military broke down the protests and a demonstrator was killed.
The protests continued during the spring both in Sohar, where another demonstrator was killed on April 1, in the capital Muskat and elsewhere. The human rights organization Amnesty International criticized the regime for crimes against freedom of speech.
Sultan Qabus ibn Said, who is both head of state and government, handled the protests by dismissing a total of twelve ministers and promising, among other things, 50,000 new jobs and increased grants in various forms. He also promised that the country’s parliament, which had only advisory power, would have certain legislative powers which he did not specify. An election to Parliament’s lower house, Majlis ash-Shura, on October 15 attracted no major interest.