Oman sentences 55 protesters to short prison terms

MUSCAT – A court in Oman sentenced 55 people to prison terms ranging from one month to one year on Tuesday for taking part in protests demanding jobs, the public prosecutor said.

The Gulf Arab state was rocked by months of protests starting in February, inspired by pro-democracy revolts that toppled long-serving rulers in Egypt and Tunisia. The Omani protests focused on jobs, higher wages and an end to corruption.

“The 55 protesters were accused of offenses including robbery, unlawful gathering and vandalizing government departments in the Jaalan Bani Bu Ali,” the public prosecutor said in a statement, referring to a town in eastern Oman.

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