16 Jan '11, 5pm

3,000 Jordanians protest govt economic policies

AMMAN: More than 3,000 Jordanian trade unionists, Islamists and leftists held a sit-in on Sunday outside parliament to protest the government's economic policies. "We have been suffering in Jordan the same way Tunisians have been suffering," Muslim Brotherhood leader Hammam Said told the protesters, referring to the popular revolt in Tunisia that ousted its strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. On Saturday, about 50 Jordanian trade unionists held a sit-in outside the Tunisian embassy in Amman, shouting "Tunisia's revolution will spread." "We must put an end to oppression and restrictions on freedoms and people's will," the Islamist leader said. Protesters waving Jordanian and Islamist flags held banners with messages venting their anger at the government of Prime Minister Samir Rifai, and demanding an end to "corruption" and "soaring prices." "For how long should we pay the p...

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