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Protesters March Against Fuel Prices In Jordan

Nicholas Slayton |
November 16, 2012 | 2:48 p.m. PST

Executive Producer


(Dawn Megli / Neon Tommy)
(Dawn Megli / Neon Tommy)
Roughly 2,000 in Amman, Jordan braved tear gas as protests against the government continued.

The protests stem from rising costs in the country, including spikes in household gas and petrol. The government raised the prices to counter rising deficits.

Activists called for the end of the country's monarchy, using anti-establishment rallying cries from the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt. The protesters are a mix of religious groups, liberal political activists and youth groups. The protests were met by pro-monarchy groups, who held counter-demonstrations.

Jordan is on its fifth prime minister in less than two years, following continued dissent against the government. The recent protests turn the focus to the king, not just Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour. Previous protests have resulted in changes of government and moderate reforms instead of revolution.

Read more of Neon Tommy's coverage of Jordan here.
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