Young Jordanians demonstrate for reform (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) 03/24/12)
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At least 200 Jordanian demonstrators from a pro-reform youth group
held a sit-in in central Amman on Saturday amid heavy security,
demanding political change and condemning corruption.
Members of the March 24 group called for "reforming the regime,
trying the corrupt and introducing genuine constitutional
amendments," an AFP reporter said.
The protesters gathered at a key intersection near the interior
ministry -- the same place, where clashes a year ago between the
youth group and government supporters left a man dead and 160 injured.
Around 2,500 armed policemen were deployed, and they prevented
government supporters from clashing with the demonstrators, an AFP
"We expected to have some reforms after more than a year of
demonstrations. But nothing happened until this moment," former MP
Ali Dalein told the demonstrators.
On Friday, more than 700 people demonstrated in Amman against what
they charged was "procrastination" on reform in the country, as the
powerful opposition Islamists vowed to continue their protests
Jordan has seen relatively small but persistent Arab Spring-inspired
demonstrations almost every week since January last year, demanding
sweeping reforms and a tougher clampdown on corruption. (Copyright ©
2012 Agence France Presse. 03/24/12)
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