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Jordanians protest against King Abdullah

16 November 2012

Large protests have gripped parts of the Jordanian capital, Amman, today in a country where criticism of the king is punishable by three years in prison. King Abdullah has been careful not to repeat the errors of Bashar al-Assad’s authoritarian crackdown which quickly escalated matters in neighbouring Syria. So far, Jordanian police have adopted a passive approach to protesters.

Abdullah will be hoping the momentum behind these protests subsides over the coming days. He can still take some relief from the fact these protests have been caused by a hike in fuel prices. This is the vital difference here. The popular uprisings which swept away regimes in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt were principally about corruption and the lack accountability. Abdullah is not yet facing similar criticisms. If he can find a way to manage inflation, then Abdullah may yet stifle the growing rebellion.

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  • swatantra

    I would not be disapponted to see the overthrow of the monarchy in Saudi Arabia and in Jordan, and any of the Gulf States. Its long overdue. These Kingdoms are the worst perpetrators of HRs and yet have the support of the West. Incredible and unbelievable.

  • Rockin Ron

    I blame Peter Andre!

  • barbie

    The world will, one day have to face these radical Muslims. Those who are living in the West could be quietly waiting before striking; I have no doubt we will face problems and war with these people. Israel has it on it’s doorstep, and its predicament is obvious. The West will not let it be anillated, but in its fight it will take down many with it. These Muslims feel sure strength will give them the upper hand, that is not so. It will be technology and the use of it, and its devestating consequences that will detirmine the outcome. Israel as caperblity the Muslims wish to muster, Iran being the one who will succeed; but they are living an elusion if they believe only they will suvive. Most of their own citizens will be killed along with the Jews, is this what they really want. Israel is strong, and needs to be so, we should support her in her struggle, and not support those who would destroy her or attempt to. Hague is wrong to support the rebels in Syria, likewise in Libya, these people cannot really be trusted. Believing they will embrace democracy is foolish, they don’t understand the meaning of the word let alone putting into practice. The world will pay the price for this misled support of Muslim states. They should be allowed to fight their own battles like we have to and find their own level. Hate is ramprant in the Middle East, and arming rebels will inflame it. The UK should remain outside of it and mind its own business.

  • Cassandra1963

    Largely if not exclusively made up of the usual trouble making ‘Palestinian’ rabble the protesters in Jordan have been agitating for years, its what they do and why they are hated around the Arab world who keep them penned up in ghettos. If Israel had any sense they would invite all ‘Palestinians’ within their borders to depart forthwith and take the baggage with them to one of the wonderful Arab neighbours surrounding Israel.

    • Malfleur

      Preferably Jordan, which is Palestine and where the King (not a Palestinian) would know how to receive them warmly.

  • Hexhamgeezer

    How long before Bradford shakes off it’s chains?

    • Roger the Dodger

      Ditto Tower Hamlets.

    • TomTom

      What ? You mean the 80% WHITE population will free itself of Westminster ? Or maybe they will tell London to stop visiting every recession on the area and letting every boom pass it by ? Bradford has been shafted by Whitehall and the corrupt councils run by Tory and Labour Placemen…….just look how Pickles, Hopkins, Eaton, Sutcliffe, all climbed the bandwagon

  • rodger the dodger

    Ah, yes, Jordan. Many have predicted that will be the next piece on the board in play. And as if by magic…

  • Daniel Maris

    Why doesn’t Hague just cut to the chase and say “We recognise whichever bunch of Jihadi Islamists wants to take over.”

    The Arab Spring has turned into a gathering storm not unlike the sweeping to power of fascist governments across Europe in the run up to war.

    • Anne Wotana Kaye 1

      I agree. Furthermore, who actually can be bothered to listen to that nonentity William Hague?

  • Adrian Drummond

    Slightly off topic. Wanted to share this headline and story from the Onion:

    Nation Horrified To Learn About War In Afghanistan While Reading Up On Petraeus Sex Scandal

    WASHINGTON—As they scoured the Internet for more juicy details about
    former CIA director David Petraeus’ affair with biographer Paula
    Broadwell, Americans were reportedly horrified today upon learning that a
    protracted, bloody war involving U.S. forces is currently raging in the nation of Afghanistan. “Oh my God, this is terrible,” Allie Lipscomb, 29, said after
    accidentally stumbling on an article about the war while she tried to
    ascertain details about what specific sexual acts Petraeus and Broadwell
    might have engaged in. “According to this, 2,000 American troops have
    died, 18,000 have been wounded, and more than 20,000 civilians have been
    killed. Jesus Christ. And it’s been happening for, like, 11 years.”
    Sources confirmed that after reading a few paragraphs about the brutal
    war, the nation quickly became distracted by a headline about Elmo
    puppeteer Kevin Clash’s alleged sexual abuse of a 16-year-old boy

  • TomTom

    Did you read the comment in The Guardian the other day from someone saying Abdullah seems to be on vacation in California on his motorbike so often that he is not regarded as leading Jordan ? Besides it is obvious that Jordan is split between Bedouins and Palestinians and depends on US and Saudi funds to survive… has nothing else. It will probably disappear as the borders are erased and become part of a Greater Syria in time

    • telemachus

      This is a peaceful man as attested by his speech to Congress:-
      “In my days in Massachusetts, I also learned something of New
      England virtues. There wasn’t actually a law against talking too much, but there
      was definitely an attitude that you didn’t speak unless you could improve on

      Today, I must speak; I cannot be silent.

      I must speak about a cause that is urgent for your people and
      for mine. I must speak about peace in the Middle East. I must speak about peace
      replacing the division, war, and conflict that have brought such disaster for
      the region and for the world.

      This was the cause that brought my father to Jordon…..and my passion

      • TomTom

        You clearly haven’t lived in MA. It is priggish and Boston is so corrupt it is like Newark

        • telemachus

          Whats that got to do with his speech on peace?

          • TomTom

            In my days in Massachusetts, I also learned something of New

    • Joe Skeptic

      Jordan is a buffer state for Israel. If Jordan goes, so will Israel

  • Davyyy12

    Nope, it does not work like that. The people wanting change see any system other than sharia as corrupt. Looks like another domino.

    They will have Abu back and he will not be jailed.

  • the viceroy’s gin

    Dude, food and commodities were spiking during the Arab Spring, and this was a large portion of what caused those revolts. They’ve come down, barely, since their peak then.

    They’d come down even further if King Mervyn and Zimbabwe Ben quit tossing out loose bales of cash to chase and inflate those commodities.

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