Ras Al Khaimah: Dozens of infuriated Emiratis from the northern parts of the emirate on Saturday stormed into one of the biggest rock quarries forcing the management to stop work until their demands are met.

They alleged that the quarry is encroaching on their lands, blasting the mountains, damaging their properties, and creating pollution.

The women in the group stood at the gate and blocked the entrances to the rock quarry while the men got inside the quarry, forcing the work to a halt.

The men and women from Al Rahba did not find any resistance and the quarry employees immediately stopped work.

Rashid Saeed Zaid, a spokesman of the protesters, said the rock quarry has violated an agreement, designating its work sites, with the people living in the area.

The local armed forces (Guards of the Emiri Court) were instructed to move to the scene. The quarry is owned solely by the RAK government.

The Emiratis demand compensation for violation of the agreement. Another key demand of the protesters is that they should get houses promised by the authorities.