Jordan protests against absolute monarchy

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From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Jordan hit by fuel subsidy axe protests

Wednesday 14 November 2012

Hundreds took to the streets for a second day today after Jordan announced it was scrapping fuel subsidies.

Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour said on Tuesday that cooking and heating gas prices would go up 54 per cent as the government tried to cope with a budget deficit and meet the terms of a £1.3 billion International Monetary Fund loan.

Protesters even targeted King Abdullah II, who rarely provokes the ire of ongoing anti-government demonstrators in the regional US ally.

“Down, down with you, Abdullah,” they chanted. “Get out and leave us alone.”

The Muslim Brotherhood, Arab nationalists and Communist groups planned a joint demonstration last night in Amman Square.

See also here.

Egypt: Metro workers returned to work today after the government sacked their boss following a five-hour strike that paralysed Cairo: here.

10 thoughts on “Jordan protests against absolute monarchy

  1. Jordan media on Thursday reported that “20 citizens were arrested and several were injured across the country on Wednesday as nationwide riots over rising fuel prices entered their second day.”

    The violent protests stretched from the northern city of Irbid to the southern port city of Aqaba over a government decision on Tuesday to lift fuel subsidies, Jordan Times reported.

    The incidents started when security forces and protesters clashed in the south following noon prayers.

    The lifting of fuel subsidies was the first in a series of controversial austerity measures, taken by the government to trim annual energy subsidies. It is now looking into a five per cent electricity price rise.


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