Jordanians plan large 'Arab Spring' demonstration in Amman

By ILENE PRUSHER
October 2, 2012 18:19

 
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The Arab Spring blossomed – and sometimes wilted  – in nearly every country in the region aside from Jordan.  Now, with large demonstrations planned for Friday in Amman - which organizers say will be the biggest the Hashemite Kingdom has seen in years - some question how long Jordan can remain immune from the demands for change that have swept through the region, sparking uprisings and unseating dictatorships.

Jordan is a famously unique case: it’s a relatively small, stable country with a measure of freedom and a popular monarchy. But the conflation of new pressures on the desert kingdom – an influx of Syrian refugees, an economic crisis exacerbated by the region’s recent instability, and the inspiring ascent to power of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt – are adding up to a potentially combustible atmosphere that many analysts say should not be underestimated.

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