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Protest Against ‘Neoliberalism’ in front of US Embassy in Amman

10/15/2011

AMMONNEWS – A Jordanian coalition of pro-reform movements announced that it will partake in a protest organized to take place in front of the American Embassy in Amman on Saturday, October 15.

The Popular and Youth Coalition for Change on Wednesday said it will participate in the protest organized by reform movements, trade unions, and political activists at 5 PM on Saturday against “Capitalism, global neoliberalism, privatization, and destroying the role of the private sector,” according to their expression.

The protest comes around the same time as similar demonstrations throughout the world, including the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protests in New York, encompassing similar slogans and objectives.

Various governorates throughout the kingdom will also witness demonstrations on Friday organized by populist and youth movements under the banner “Our Unity and Freedom and Red Lines.”

Source: Ammon News.

Link: http://en.ammonnews.net/article.aspx?articleNO=14115.

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Protest at Israeli Embassy in Amman Thursday

10/12/2011

AMMONNEWS – A group of political activists called on citizens to partake in a protest scheduled to take place near the Israeli Embassy in Amman on Thursday.

In a press statement, the group said that their movement and protest against the presence of an Israeli diplomatic mission on Jordanian land is not “incidental or seasonal” but ongoing until Jordan expels the mission and closes the Israeli Embassy.

The group, which has been holding the protest in front of Al Kaluti Mosque in Rabiya district near the Israeli Embassy, will hold its 82nd protest on Thursday at 6 PM.

It is noted that the a group on the social networking site ‘Facebook’ had called for a “million person march” against the presence of the Israeli Embassy in Amman back in September, which caused Israel to recall its diplomatic mission for several days out of fear of a similar incident as took place at the Israeli Embassy in Cairo.

The Israeli Ambassador and the diplomatic mission returned to Amman after the weekend following the protest in which only several hundred protesters took part in.

Source: Ammon News.

Link: http://en.ammonnews.net/article.aspx?articleNO=14116.

Jordanians hold pro-Gaza rally in Amman

Sat Aug 9, 2014

Over 15,000 supporters of Muslim Brotherhood have staged an anti-Israeli demonstration in the Jordanian capital of Amman, urging the resistance movement to ratchet up its campaign against Israel.

Scores of masked youths dressed in the uniform of Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, also took part in the Friday rally, the largest demonstration in Amman in years, and staged a symbolic military parade in support of Hamas.

A Muslim Brotherhood spokesperson on Friday called on Hamas to escalate its attacks against Israel in an attempt to avenge the deaths of civilians in Gaza.

“In the coming phase, after negotiations failed, the only thing left is the flag of resistance which was behind the victory in Gaza,” said Zaki Bani Rusheid, deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan.

The Israeli military aggression against Gaza, which began on July 8, has claimed the lives of more than 1,900 Palestinians, including more than 400 children, and wounded over 9,500 others. Palestinian resistance movements have retaliated  by launching rockets into Israel.

A 72-hour truce in Gaza ended on Friday morning without any agreement to extend it.

Jordan is home to the largest number of Palestinian refugees and most of its more than 7 million population are of Palestinian origin.

This week, the Arab country, which along with Egypt has a peace treaty with Israel, refused calls by public protesters, the opposition and some prominent politicians to expel Tel Aviv’s ambassador and cut ties with the entity, describing it as a counter-productive move.

Source: PressTV.

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/08/09/374624/antiisrael-demo-held-in-amman/.

Jordanians call for resignation of PM

Fri Sep 30, 2011

Thousands of Jordanians have taken to the streets in the capital, Amman, to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit and the dissolution of the lower house of parliament.

Accusing the government of Bakhit and lawmakers of “protecting corruption”, nearly 4,000 anti-government protesters marched from Al-Husseini mosque to nearby city hall following the Friday Prayers, to call for their removal from power.

“A government that is protecting corruption cannot be trusted, and a parliament of corruption does not represent the people,” chanted the protesters who held banners reading, “You will not be able to fool us”.

The protest rally came after the lower house approved a bill that would criminalize corruption allegations. According to the bill, those who publicly accuse officials of corruption without proof will be fined between 30,000 and 60,000 dinars (USD42,000-USD85,000).

The demonstrators also condemned the recent constitutional changes, which were approved by King Abdullah II on Friday.

They say the amendments are insufficient and do not meet their key demands for a new electoral law and an elected prime minister.

The constitutional reforms include the creation of an independent commission to oversee elections and the limitation of the jurisdiction of the military state security court.

Similar anti-government protests were also held in other major Jordanian cities.

Jordan has faced anti-government rallies demanding reforms and an end to corruption since January.

In June, in a bid to appease protesters, King Abdullah II announced some concessions, including the formation of future governments that were based on an elected parliamentary majority rather than one appointed by the monarch.

However, the monarch said it may take two to three years to put an elected government in place.

Source: PressTV.

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/202002.html.

Jordanian demo demands Israeli embassy closure

Thursday 15/09/2011

AMMAN (AFP) — Around 200 Jordanians demonstrated near the Israeli embassy in Amman on Thursday, demanding that the government expel the state’s envoy and scrap the joint 1994 peace treaty.

“The people want to shut down the embassy. Amman must be liberated from the embassy and ambassador,” the protesters chanted outside al-Kaluti mosque near the embassy, where 1,500 anti-riot policemen stood guard, a security source said.

“The people want the downfall of Wadi Araba (peace) treaty,” read a banner carried by the demonstrators, including opposition Islamists, leftists and youth groups, who waved national and Palestinian flags.

Some set the Israeli flag ablaze while others tried to get closer to the embassy but were prevented from doing so by police.

Ambassador Danny Navon returned earlier to Israel with his staff ahead of the demonstration, Israeli public radio reported.

“The fact that the Israeli ambassador and his staff left the country is a victory for us,” one demonstrator told AFP.

Earlier, a foreign ministry spokesman told AFP: “We have not been officially informed of anything.”

Last weekend, a mob ransacked Israel’s mission in Egypt and the ambassador and his staff were evacuated from the country. Six Israeli security guards were besieged in the embassy building for several hours before being rescued by Egyptian commandos.

Jordan and Egypt are the only two Arab states to have signed peace treaties with Israel.

Source: Ma’an News Agency.
Link: http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=420647.

Jordan rejects govt.-proposed reforms

Fri Sep 9, 2011

Anti-government protesters have poured into the streets of the Jordanian capital, Amman, to reject constitutional reforms proposed by the government.

Protesters say the amendments proposed by the Royal Commission do not meet their demanded reforms. Jordanian lawmakers are currently debating the proposed constitutional reforms.

The proposed reforms include the creation of an independent commission to oversee elections, lowering the age of candidates for parliament from 35 to 25 and limiting the jurisdiction of the military state security court.

But the opposition has described the proposed amendments as insufficient, saying they do not meet their key demands for a new electoral law and an elected prime minister.

“We rejected these amendments and we will never admit them as a constitution as long as it does not address the essence of the crisis,” said protester Ali Abu Sukar.

Protesters also demanded Prime Minister Marouf al-Bakhit’s resignation, an end to government corruption and the dissolution of parliament.

Smaller demonstrations were also reported in other parts of Jordan.

Jordan has faced anti-government rallies demanding reforms and an end to corruption since January.

In June, in a bid to appease protesters, King Abdullah II announced some concessions, including the formation of future governments that were based on an elected parliamentary majority rather than one appointed by the monarch.

However, he later said it may take two to three years to put an elected government in place.

Source: PressTV.
Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/198244.html.

Security Official Denies Tribunal Charges Against Salafists in Zarqa Violence

2011-09-05

By Amal Ghabayen

AMMONNEWS – The Chief of Preventative Security in Zarqa governorate on Monday denied the accusations that the State Security Court (SSC) charged members of the Salafist movement with in the case of the violent clashes that erupted in Zarqa last April.

The special military tribunal had charged Salafist members who took part in the demonstration in Zarqa that left over 80 security personnel injured – according to security statements – with instigating strife and sedition and encouraging terrorist acts.

Musa Abdullat, one of the lawyers representing Islamist movements, said that the Zarqa Preventative Security chief stressed during his testimony in the second session of the trial on Monday that Salafist leader Abu Muhammad Tahawi called on demonstrators during the protest on April 15 to maintain self control and avoid altercations with security forces or counter demonstrators.

“The Preventative Security official explained in his testimony that there were no slogans or speeches by the demonstrators and Salafi current leaders during the protest that encouraged terrorist acts or offended Jordanian sects, tribes, or the national unity,” Abdullat told Ammon News.

Security authorities had carried out mass arrests following the April 15th violent clashes, detaining over 100 individuals over charges of rioting, instigating sedition, and terrorism.

An official investigation by security authorities had claimed that demonstrators attacked security personnel armed with sharp weapons, including swords, axes, daggers, sticks and iron batons, and that they caused damage to public and private property.

Eight other security officers gave their testimonies during Monday’s session regarding the incident.

The military tribunal adjourned on Monday and scheduled the next session on September 29th, 2011.

Source: Ammon News.
Link: http://en.ammonnews.net/article.aspx?articleNO=13608.

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