Protesters detained near Royal Opera House Muscat

Protesters near ROHM before they were dispersed by security forces (Muscat Daily)

Muscat - 

A group of protesters were rounded up by security forces on Friday evening from the premises of the Bareeq al Shatti shopping mall, when they had gathered for a second day to protest against a recent performance at Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM).

The protesters started gathering near the mall in the evening after security forces cordoned off the area, leading to a tense situation. One of the protesters who was later detained, Mohammed al Sawafi, told Muscat Daily, “Security forces cordoned off the entire area and blocked all exits after some of the protesters got into an argument with them and said that they would not disperse.”

Sawafi added that the stand-off resulted in a minor clash.

Another protester said, “No one was allowed to go near ROHM, not even pedestrians. So we gathered at the Bareeq al Shatti parking lot.”

He added that security personnel then started asking the protesters to disperse from the area before detaining those who refused.

On Thursday, over 100 people from Muscat, Sur, Sohar, Mudhaibi and Amerat had gathered near ROHM to protest against the recital of verses from the Holy Quran by Tarus Mateen, a member of the American group Jason Moran and the Bandwagon, during a performance on February 28. ROHM later issued an apology over the incident.

Apart from Muscat, protesters were reported to have gathered in Liwa and Sohar too on Thursday evening.

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