June 11, 2012

Omani riot police on Monday detained some 30 activists during a peaceful protest near police headquarters in Muscat to demand the release of prisoners and faster reforms, witnesses said.

Discontent has been growing in the small oil-producing Gulf Arab state over what activists said was the slow pace of reforms and lack of jobs since protests last year that were inspired by Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.

Witnesses said activists with placards lined up a road opposite the main police headquarters in al-Qurum district. Riot police came out of the police station and surrounded the protesters, one witness told Reuters.

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