Protests erupt in Jordan in response to rising fuel prices related to the country’s $2 Billion IMF Loan

by Colonel on November 14, 2012

“Protests erupted in Jordan’s capital Amman and provincial towns after the government cut fuel subsidies in a move to secure a $2-billion IMF loan but which sent fuel prices soaring.

More than 1,000 people spilled into the streets in the capital Amman late on Tuesday and smaller protests erupted in several provincial towns after Islamist and tribal opposition groups said they would demonstrate.

Hundreds of protesters chanted against King Abdullah and the powerful intelligence forces in slogans that personally target the monarch and were unheard of before the wave of Arab Spring-inspired protests hit the kingdom early last year.

Authorities bolstered security across the country that is a crossroads in the Middle East.

Street protests against autocracy, corruption and mismanagement of funds have led to the overthrow of several long-serving Arab leaders, including those of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen.

” — Copyright 2012 Thomson Reuters

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