Oman News：Peace restored in Liwa 重新建立Liwa的和諧
Peace restored in Liwa 重新建立Liwa的和諧
byRejimon K August 24, 2013 , 9 : 41 am
Photo: The demonstrators, both men and women, wearing traditional Omani clothes, protested with placards in their hands on a dirt road outside the Sohar port.
Muscat: Police dispersed a group of demonstrators who had blocked a part of the port in Sohar on Thursday, activists reported.
According to sources and activists, the group was protesting against industrial pollution that is posing a health hazard for those living in Liwa. Eyewitnesses told Times of Oman that the demonstrators, both men and women, wearing traditional Omani clothes, protested with placards in their hands on a dirt road outside the Sohar port. "We have been breathing poison. Have mercy on us, we want clean air," read one placard carried by a young man, one of the eyewitnesses said.
The Monitor of Human Rights in Oman, an independent organisation, also uploaded a picture of the protest on its Facebook page.
Meanwhile, the news agency Reuters, quoting an activist from the scene, reported that tear gas shells were fired to disperse the demonstrators. The report also claimed that some activists later posted pictures of white clouds of what they said was "tear gas", and photos of demonstrators running from the scene.
According to the activists quoted by Reuters, Talib Al Mamari, a member of the country's consultative Shura council, was among several people "slightly injured" when police broke up the protest.
根據Reuters採訪的民眾：當警察開始強制驅離時，Talib Al Mamari，一位來自Shura的地方議員也列入“輕傷”人員名單。
In October 2012, a similar protest was held in Liwa and reported by Times of Oman.
At that time, more than 200 residents of the wilayat of Liwa staged a protest in front of the Wali's office, amid tight security. The residents of Liwa were demanding action from the authorities to address the "pollution problem" created by industries located in the port area. The Liwa residents demanded the sacking of local officials and an immediate solution to the pollution problem, which they claimed has taken a severe toll on the health of residents and even forced some residents to leave villages located near the port.
Cancer cases up癌症比例上升
Many residents of the villages have complained of respiratory problems, claiming that cancer cases are also on the rise. According to the residents, some of these villages have been abandoned because of increasing fears of health hazards.
The residents said they would continue to protest until their demands are met by authorities.
The Royal directives are clear about relocating those affected by pollution from the Sohar Port area to other areas as soon as possible, but the residents said that the authorities were delaying their rehabilitation.