Thousands of Jordanians call for king to quit
AMMAN - ReutersThousands of protesters chanted the Arab Spring slogan “the people want the downfall of the regime” in Jordan’s capital on Nov. 16, as demonstrations against rising prices gather force in a country so far spared the brunt of Middle East unrest.
The Muslim Brotherhood joined hitherto largely rural protests that have erupted in the last few days, raising the spectre of lasting instability in the kingdom, a staunch U.S. ally with the longest border with Israel.
The demonstration near the main Husseini Mosque in downtown Amman was peaceful, with unarmed police separating the demonstrators denouncing King Abdullah from a smaller crowd chanting in support of the monarch. “Go down Abdullah, go down,” the main crowd of about 4,000 protesters chanted as police, some in riot gear, largely stayed away from crowd. Protests have turned violent in impoverished towns across the kingdom since Nov. 14 when the government imposed a hike in the price of fuel.