Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

When big companies want to do good

Read more

REPORTERS

Halal tourism on the rise

Read more

FOCUS

Many Turks angry over Syrian refugee situation

Read more

ENCORE!

Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday : The Best of the Bard

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

The Tour de France, a PR machine

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Coverage of the third plane crash in one week - from France, Algeria and Burkina Faso

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Coverage of the plane crash that took 116 lives - almost half of them French

Read more

DEBATE

Gaza: A Truce At All Costs?

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Central African Republic: Brazzaville ceasefire talks deliver fragile deal

Read more

  • Live: ‘No survivors’ from Algerian plane crash, says Hollande

    Read more

  • Paris bans new Gaza protest scheduled for Saturday

    Read more

  • French families grieve for Algerian plane crash victims

    Read more

  • Protest against Gaza offensive turns deadly in West Bank

    Read more

  • LA Times wipes France off the map in air crash infographic

    Read more

  • Tour de France fans bring the ambience to the Pyrenees

    Read more

  • Halal tourism on the rise

    Read more

  • French lawyer files complaint against Israel at ICC

    Read more

  • Ukraine names acting PM after Yatseniuk's shock resignation

    Read more

  • BNP to pay $80 million for defrauding Dept of Agriculture

    Read more

  • Deadly strike on UN shelter in Gaza Strip

    Read more

  • Wreckage of Algeria plane found in Mali

    Read more

  • Pope meets Christian woman sentenced to death in Sudan

    Read more

  • Italy’s Nibali cruises to victory in 18th stage of Tour de France

    Read more

Middle east

Scores injured as govt supporters clash with reformers in Amman

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-03-25

One person was killed and more than 100 injured on Friday when government supporters and pro-reform protesters clashed in Amman, prompting a heavy-handed response from police using batons and water canons to disperse the crowd.

AP – Scores of people were injured Friday as Jordanian protesters demanding reforms clashed with government supporters, pelting each other with stones, as unrest intensified in this key U.S. ally.

Police fired water cannons to disperse the crowd, then hundreds of riot police, some wearing masks, stormed the area, hitting anti-government demonstrators with batons and dragging at least a dozen into a nearby government building.
 
The clashes were the most violent in more than two months of protests inspired by the popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. Unlike protests in those countries, which toppled longtime rulers, Jordan’s protests have not targeted King Abdullah II, instead calling for greater political participation in the kingdom’s affairs.
 
Friday’s violence started when about 400 government supporters attacked some 1,500 demonstrators calling for the dissolution of parliament and the firing of the country’s prime minister.
 
Hundreds of anti-government activists - many of whom met through Facebook - vowed to camp out in the central square in front of the Interior Ministry in Amman until their demands are met. Their numbers swelled to about 1,000 before Friday’s clashes.
 
The pro-government crowd appeared to disperse as about 400 riot police stormed the square, hitting anti-government demonstrators with batons. An Associated Press reporter saw three police officers, their faces covered with blood, being taken away in ambulances.
 
The anti-government protesters soon dispersed as well.
 
Police officials on the scene said they had arrested protesters from both groups, though they gave no numbers. They spoke on condition of anonymity according to police protocol.
 
A similar clash broke out in the same square late Thursday, injuring 35 people.

 

Date created : 2011-03-25

  • ARAB WORLD

    Yemen's regime weakens, Syrian protests spread

    Read more

  • JORDAN

    Faced with violence, students hold their ground

    Read more

  • JORDAN

    Demonstrators denounce corruption, call for curbs on king's powers

    Read more

COMMENT(S)