Jordan revokes restrictions on public gatherings

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 15, 2011 13:53




AMMAN, Jordan — Jordanian Interior Minister Saed Hayel Srour, bowing to public pressure to revoke restrictions on public gatherings, said protests will no longer need government permission on Tuesday.

Srour said he has recommended the change to the Cabinet, which was expected to endorse it quickly.

In street protests in the past five weeks, Jordanians demanded that the government lift restrictions on free speech and assembly.

Jordan's King Abdullah II responded by promising wider freedoms and changes to pertinent laws.

Srour said that protesters would still have to inform authorities of any gathering two days in advance to ensure public safety. However, he said the government would no longer interfere in such matters.


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