Injured protester escorted by Jordanian security 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed )
AMMAN - One bystander was killed when Jordanian security forces used batons and sprayed water to disperse a clash between pro-monarchy demonstrators who hurled stones at protesters calling for political reform, a witness said.
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Amer Khairy Saad told Reuters his father, Khairy, 57, died in hospital after police beat him as they were trying to disperse the opposing crowds who had gathered near the Interior Ministry in the Jordanian capital.
Islamist, leftist, liberal and tribal figures have staged protests and
sit-ins over the past few weeks calling for a constitutional monarchy.
But the demonstrations have been on a much smaller scale than elsewhere
across the Arab world.
Security forces earlier in the day erected a barrier in the Gamal Abdul
Nasser roundabout near the ministry to keep the two sides separate, and
beat back those who tried to breach it. They later used water hoses to
try and disperse the protesters.
"The [pro-monarchy] thugs were throwing stones from one side and police
were attacking protesters with sticks to push them back," protester
Mahmoud Hamawi told Reuters.
A member of the medical team with the pro-reform protesters, some of
whom camped out in the roundabout on Thursday night, said more than 50
people had been injured, some seriously.
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They chanted on Friday against the interference of intelligence agents
in political activities and called out against the head of intelligence,
They also chanted "Peaceful, peaceful" and "We love Jordan".
"The people want to bring down political parties," chanted the
pro-monarchy crowd, which also raised pictures of Jordanian King
Jordanian Prime Minister Marouf al-Bakhit's cabinet earlier this month
announced the creation of the national dialogue committee in response to
a call by King Abdullah to accelerate reforms.
Jordan's Islamist opposition said it would not join the panel because it
would not be discussing constitutional changes to curb the monarch's
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