Yes, that photo was taken inside the prison and those are some of our prisoners. Looks pretty tight in there, don't you think? Two days ago authorities agreed to release the prisoners without forcing them to sign the commitment form. Hundreds waited by Dahariz Roundabout (closest accessible area to prison - since ROP blocked the road). Fathers, brothers, friends,..... waiting. But.... No release. What does that mean? Well, families are angry. They've been waiting at the roundabout for two days. Meanwhile, the rest of the town is also anxious. The situation in Dhofar is tense. After Friday prayers today, I hear of a planned peaceful march demanding release of the prisoners. The march will start at Al Jama Mosque (a Rawas tribe mosque). It's amusing that the action will take place at Al Rawas tribe's mosque because just two days ago they published a full-page color greeting to His Majesty in the newspaper renewing their loyalty and love to him. Holla, people. Who said he'd lost any loyalty and love in the first place? And why 'just' Al Rawas tribe? And was every member of Al Rawas tribe informed of the ridiculous page? The next day the 'Al Kathir' town tribes did the same thing. PEOPLE! So does that mean mountain tribes, Bedouins, and black people of Dhofar are not loyal? Ridiculous. They picked the wrong timing. We all love His Majesty and he knows we do.
Big question is: where will all the action take place today? At Al Jama square (mosque)? At Dahariz Roundabout near the prison? At the still-occupied Freedom Square? On Al Nahdha street? Army commanders must be scratching their heads. Sources tell me the Firqat forces are moving into the centre of town. To those of you who don't know, Firqat forces are unique to Dhofar only and they were established after the Dhofar Rebellion in the 197os. If they really are being moved into the centre of town, it means the army are expecting chaos today and need their Jebbali mountain comrades to calm things down (i.e the Firqat).
Update just now from fellow blogger; the Dahariz Road (where people have been gathering this week) is blocked by the ROP. Hah. That's all for now folks. I'll let you know what the updates are.