02/28/2011, 00.00
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Jasmine revolution shakes Gulf. Two dead in Oman

Even protests in Bahrain and Yemen. In the city of Sohar, the police cracks down on democracy demonstrators: two killed, many injured. In Riyadh, King Abdullah seeks to prevent protests by stabilizing tens of thousands of part-time state employees.
 Dubai (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The "jasmine revolt " continues to flare in the Arab and Gulf countries. The latest outbreak of protests which have already infected Bahrain and Yemen, has taken place in Oman, where they were severely repressed, resulting in two deaths and numerous injuries. The monarchy in Saudi Arabia fears the spreading of revolts, and King Abdullah yesterday announced economic measures aimed to decrease social tension.

While in Bahrain yesterday more protests targeted the residential area of foreign embassies, chanting slogans against the king, without any violence, in the city of Sohar, Oman the repression was tough. Police launched tear gas and rubber bullets at a pro-democracy movement, which called for greater participation in the affairs of the country. According to local sources, two people were killed and many injured. It is the first serious challenge to the government of Sultan Qaboos bin Said, whose country is positioned in front of the Strait of Hormuz. About 40% of the world's oil traffic passes in front of its coasts. The sultan tried to take measures to counter the protest and has replaced six members of the government, increasing the minimum wage by 40%.

In Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah, who had just returned from the United States and Morocco after a back operation, has decided to make permanent contracts – thus far part-time - of tens of thousands of government employees.

He also announced social measures amounting to 135 billion Ryals, equivalent to approximately 26 billion euro. 

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