Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Police Break Up Peaceful Protest by Omani Teachers with Violence

I guess it's been in and about on the Arabic Omani Sablah (which I am daft at reading being my Arabic is limited to fluently pointing at things and naming them in a one word manner) but I seem to have lost the Youtube link to the video. If you can search in Arabic for it, please feel free to post the link here.

Well, apparently last week or so a group of government Omani teachers went to protest the 4x salary raises of contemporaries and their 1 time in the same ammount of time raises. Not a huge issue. Nothing remotely Sohar roundabout-ish. Not all teachers went.

Watching the video, the men were composed. They spoke to their Minister. They conducted themsevles not in any radical (even looking like a protest) manner. Yet a bus seemed to arrive to arrest a portion of the group. About 13 minutes into the video (which had been thankfully very dull up to that point) police arrived with riot masks and sheilds and started hitting the gathered teachers with rubber batons.

I am uncertain from the uniforms if these are even police connected to the general ROP.

The violence was clearly unnecessary from the video footage.

And clearly UNCONDUCTIVE to whoever wanted these protesters gone because now, even teachers who DIDN'T think their contemporaries needed this salary raise will refuse to teach students until someone deals with the demands OR apologises and explains these rather extreme measures.

Teachers DID go to work in some of the effected schools to not appear as if in protest or on strike, but circumstances were explained to the students, and the students sent home.

Yes, please share the link or any information on this post please.


Undercover Dragon said...

A post almost certainly illegal under the new publications law? 'internal security'...

Omani Princess (not Omani LOL) said...

UD: Internal security or ROP I am not sure. Inept whoever they were, batoning men who'd been about to break up and go home;) and making a bigger mess than things were before.

The Linoleum Surfer said...

You might have missed the video where the Minister invited teachers to come and discuss the issue, they behaved like naughty children and even insulted her, and she left.

If a group then go back and picket the Ministry, and won't disperse even when the Minister has again spoken to them personally (how many countries do you think you might get that to happen?!), the Police come and move them by force. It would happen anywhere in the world.

Sure, the ROP need a lot of work on how to deal with unauthorised gatherings without escalating them. Don't forget, unlike many countries where protests, even violent ones and riots, have been going on forever, this is a new problem for the average Omani policeman.

I think a lot of people need to think about how they might express themselves more effectively and grow the **** up. At the ballot box on Saturday would be a good start.

Omani Princess (not Omani LOL) said...

TLS: I did see the Minister come back outside and speak to them but no one behaved badly at this point, but I did not see video coverage of the initial meeting. Thank you. I will look for that. It would be rude for someone to insult her, afterall, she took this position long after these things they are upset over had already happened, and not all the teachers were standing in agreement with them then. Not all felt a raise was necessary although the 4x raises of some was questioned.

Omani Princess (not Omani LOL) said...

were not was* [my grammer is going lol].