The Green March?10:25 AM
About 2,000 Omanis have staged a rare protest demanding higher wages and salaries and a curb to rising prices and the high cost of living.
The demonstration Monday, a rarity in the sleepy sultanate, was called for by the civil society groups and publicized on websites.
Protesters gathered in the district housing most government ministries under close watch by police. The demonstration ended peacefully.
One demonstrator said the march was a request to Sultan Qaboos to personally intervene against the greed of the merchants and raise government employees salaries including those in the police and the army. He refused to give his name fearing of government reprisal.
Banners held by the demonstrators read "no to high prices" and "no to the merchant greed."
This has been called the Green March here in Oman. I still fail to understand why it is called so, peaceful doesn't mean it's green. And they certainly did not use any recycled paper and what not. It could have been called the White March rather than Green. Now they see peeps in Tunisia doing so and they decided to show the world that we can do the same? Heck even the march had to go through red tape until they got a written approval to go ahead with it. What's the point if even when doing a March you get restricted to a small area and when it was time when all the ministerial buildings were vacant?! And why on Earth would this guy interviewed by Al Jazeera refuse to give out his name if he already decided to take part in it, I mean you got an approval no?! I don't know but I wouldn't take part in one.
What about you? Would you take part in a march and demonstrate or rather find another outlet to make it reach the superiors?! Do you think this Green March would be paid attention and taken into account?