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Jordan fears another Tunisia

Calls for PM Samir Rifai to step down have mounted amidst waves of demonstrations and riots which swept the streets Saturday in protest against increasing prices as well as unemployment, as authorities fear another Tunisia

Ahram Online, Saturday 15 Jan 2011
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People demonstrate against the government in Amman 14 January 2011. (Reuters)
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Jordan’s king established a task force in the palace overseen by Ayman Al-Safady and includes intelligence and military officers to prevent the eruption of Jordanian streets in the same way Tunisia’s has.

The kingdom’s major cities were surrounded by tanks and their check points and barriers were situated at the entrances to resist Jordan’s so called “day of rage” which went off Friday.

Protests spread out across major Jordanian cities as if inspired by the Tunisian example, in an unprecedented event led by the city of Al-Karak. The uprising was a clear statement against corruption, unemployment, and nepotism.

Baathists, especially those from Karak and Irbid, and military retirees led the campaign which the Muslim Brotherhood refused to take part in it.

Amman’s march initiated in front of Imam Al-Husseini’s mosque in the centre of the capital where the demonstrators, exhausted by inflation, called for the dissolution of government. About 5 thousand protested shouting anti-government statements.

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Bettye Edgington
17-01-2011 09:31pm
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Wonder if we should postpone this trip until next year?
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mohammad Abbadi - researcher and Journalist -
16-01-2011 04:55pm
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the history repeats itself in Jordan
The majority of the Jordanians and Palestinians in Jordan are anti Sameer Al- Refaie because he failed to apply the royal plan to improve the standard of living for all the people . He doesn’t know Jordan and Jordanian well , so he knows nothing about their wishes and hopes . But because all the people in Jordan want security , peace and stability .Only the king has the ability , the power and the will to provide them to the Jordanian people . without the king the country will be out of control because we have in Jordan about 50 nationalities. Jordan has many tribes All the Jordanians and Palestinians as other minorities believe that no one can control the country expect the king . So all the rallies in Jordan during the day of rage called the king to dismiss his PM while others called to send the PM to the court. But no one said direct or indirect they don’t want the king . The king is the only person in Jordan who can solve the prob
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