Thousands in Jordan protest, demand PM step down

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January 28, 2011 14:14

 
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AMMAN, Jordan — Thousands of Jordanian opposition supporters on Friday took to the streets in the country's capital demanding the prime minister step down and venting their anger at rising prices, inflation and unemployment.

About 3,500 opposition activists from the main Islamist opposition group, trade unions and leftist organizations gathered in Amman.

The crowd denounced Jordanian Prime Minister Samir Rifai's unpopular policies. Many shouted: "Rifai go away, prices are on fire and so are the Jordanians."

Another 2,000 protesters in cities of Irbid and Karak made similar calls.

Friday's rallies mark the third consecutive day of protests in Jordan inspired by Tunisia and Egypt's unrest that has demanding the governments' downfall.

King Abdullah II has promised some reforms.

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