MUSCAT: Police reportedly fired teargas shells and rubber bullets to disperse a crowd of over 300 in Sohar yesterday, an informed source said.
“It started with 50 youngsters taking out a march after Friday prayers, to protest against the recent court verdict pronouncing jail terms for protestors arrested during the February Sohar unrest, but they were blocked by the police near Tariff Roundabout,” a source told Times of Oman from Sohar on the condition of anonymity.
Last Tuesday, a court in Muscat slapped five-year jail term on seven protesters for taking part in the recent unrest in Sohar.
Times of Oman has learnt that the calls to join yesterday’s protests were sent by SMSes, emails and Facebook messages.
“In the beginning it was peaceful. Slowly, more youngsters started joining the march. “Three buses of riot police were present at the spot to control situation,” the source added.
An expatriate witness who was in a hotel near the roundabout, said it all started out of the blue. “We were having food. It started all of a sudden. We were frightened. We don’t know how the police reached the spot; they acted timely. Thanks to the police, Everything was under control soon,” he said.
The protesters reportedly damaged some vehicles around Tariff Roundabout.