Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Jordan

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Jordan

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July 16: In the wake of violence the previous day that injured at least 17, Jordan announced that four policemen were detained and charged with attacking journalists, promising that the results of the investigation would be announced within 72 hours. About 400 people gathered outside Prime Minister Maaruf Bakhit's office to demand his resignation. The next day, the Jordan Press Association announced plans to sue the police department at a sit-in that MPs and Islamic Action Front leaders also took part in. Parliamentarians issued a statement condemning attacks on freedom of speech, as some suggested that the incident evidenced security forces' hostility towards the media. [AJE, 7/17]

July 22: In a rare expression of anti- American sentiment, about 300 Jordanian protestors burned a US flag, accusing the US of seeking to co-opt the pro-reform movement. They cited meetings between US diplomats and Jordanian democracy activists and statements of support for reform by US President Barack Obama and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In the rally, which was small compared to others that attracted hundreds and even thousands, protestors also demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Bakhit. [AP, 7/23]

July 29: During an Amman demonstration, about 3,000 Jordanian Muslim Brothers took an oath that they would continue protesting until their demands were met. King 'Abdullah had promised reforms that would allow the prime minister to be elected by Jordanians instead of appointed by the king, but he said the process could take two to three years. …

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