Last Update 21:35
Sunday, 15 September 2019

Jordan demonstrators want jailed activists freed

Jordanians demonstrate in the southern city of Tafileh to demand the release of activists who have been charged with rioting and six of them with insulting King Abdullah II by military prosecutors

AFP, Friday 16 Mar 2012
Jordan
Pro-government protesters hold a poster of Jordan's King Abdullah during a demonstration after Friday prayers in Amman March 9, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)
Share/Bookmark
Views: 548
Share/Bookmark
Views: 548

Jordanians demonstrated on Friday against a "tight security grip," demanding the release of activists arrested this week after pro-reform protests in the southern city of Tafileh.

"No to the tight security grip and no to leniency in dealing with corruption," read a banner, as around 700 demonstrators who marched in central Amman streets.

"The authorities ignore the corrupt and arrest the activists. Targeting popular movements entrenches corruption," they chanted.

On Sunday, police arrested more than 20 people following demonstrations in Tafileh last week to demand the government introduce reforms and find jobs for youths in the southern city.

Military prosecutors have charged all of them with rioting and six with insulting King Abdullah II.

Opposition Islamists, trade unionists and leftists took part in Friday's protest, organised by the National Reform Front of former premier and intelligence chief Ahmad Obeidat.

Police broke up brief clashes between leftists and Islamists, who insisted on raising national flags during the demonstration. The leftists wanted to carry flags of their political parties.

Despite a heavy security presence, unknown assailants threw stones at the protesters from the tops of nearby buildings, but nobody was hurt, according to an AFP reporter.

Similar demonstrations took place in the northern city of Irbid as well as Karak, Tafileh and Theiban in the south, police said.

Jordanians have been protesting since January last year demanding sweeping political and economic reforms and an end to corruption.

Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.