Protesters demanding jobs in Oman break into government buildings

MUSCAT, Oman — A state news agency and witnesses say a demonstration in eastern Oman turned violent over the weekend when protesters demanding jobs vandalized government buildings.

The state-run Oman News Agency said Monday that demonstrators participated in a riot and “acts of sabotage” on state buildings Sunday in the town of Jaalan Bani Bu Ali. The town is about 125 miles (200 kilometres) east of the capital, Muscat.

The report said police “chased those involved and arrested them.”

Witnesses confirmed seeing protesters break into government buildings. They spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear of police harassment.

Oman has seen sporadic protests since February but they have been small compared to revolts elsewhere in the Middle East.

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