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Friday, March 25, 2011

Protest camp set up in Amman

In a clear attempt to imitate Egyptian protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square, Jordanians have set up a pro-democracy protest camp in Amman.
The group, which has taken the name “March 24th Movement” after the date they began camping out, says it wants an end to corruption and autocracy as well as an increase in economic equality. Scores of young adults had “24” scrawled in marker on their faces to indicate their affiliation with the movement, which many learned of on the Internet.

“This is my first demonstration, and I heard about it on Facebook,” said Abdullah Habiba, 22. “I study political science in the university. I want the Parliament dissolved and new elections. Now this is the only way forward.”

As in Tahrir Square and in Pearl Square in Bahrain, the site’s organizers have established cooking and cleaning services and put an emphasis on orderliness. Participants include doctors, engineers and other professionals. They have set up camp in what is known as the Interior Ministry Circle because the ministry used to be located here.

Not far away were several dozen counterdemonstrators holding pictures of King Abdullah II and chanting, “We sacrifice our blood and soul for you, O King Abdullah.” Police officers linking arms kept the counterdemonstrators from interfering with the main protesters.

I wonder how many of them are 'Palestinians.'

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