Saturday, July 16, 2011

Several injured, including journalists, in new protests in Amman

Madrid. .- Several people were injured Friday in Amman during a demonstration to demand reforms in Jordan that has been harshly repressed by the Jordanian security forces, as reported by various local and international media. As reported by the spokesman for the Department of Public Safety Lt. Col. Mohammad Khatib was quoted by the state agency Petra, seven policemen were injured, two of them stabbed while trying to stop the clashes between protesters and supporters of the regime Amman.

The spokesman also acknowledged that some people, including journalists, were injured in the incidents, which occurred after some 500 people began a march in the capital after Friday prayers. According to information provided by eyewitnesses, the police used their batons to break up the demonstration, with participants calling for "reform of the regime." According to French news agency AFP, has been at least ten injured, including nine journalists, including one of its photographers.

The television channel Al Jazeera states that among reporters injured also included a Reuters cameraman and correspondent for the New York Times. The independent portal Ammon News also reports that security forces have added several demonstrators and journalists. The demonstration had started from the Grand Mosque Al Husseini and headed towards the square at Ras Al Ain Najil, demanding political and economic reforms and the resignation of the Government of Maruf Bakhit.

According to this source, the clashes erupted when security forces tried to prevent the demonstrators marched to the plaza in front of City Hall in the capital and asked the protesters to remain in the plaza Najil. At one point, the staff of the gendarmerie attacked several local and foreign journalists, including photojournalist of Ammon News.

In addition, several journalists, who wore bright vests with the word press (press), including team members from Al Jazeera were attacked while covering the demonstration. The vests, add the site had been distributed by the Public Security Directorate, which had asked reporters that dress to distinguish them from demonstrators in the case of the occurrence of riots.

The director of the Jordan Press Association, Tareq Momani, asked journalists to take off the vest and alleged that she was a "trap" of the security forces. Last night, Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit, had claimed that the government respects the right of citizens to freedom of speech but warned that it does not tolerate sitting to be held in the capital.

For this Friday, according to local press reports, a large demonstration was planned backed by opposition parties and constituencies for reform. In an interview on state television gathered by the agency Petra, Bakhit reported that the country has a minority that wants to provoke incidents and give a bad image of Jordan.

"The seating in open spaces are not accepted and will not be tolerated in Jordan," said the prime minister, promising that the state will guarantee the safety of citizens. Bakhit, who urged young Jordanians to preserve security and stability in the country, stressed that the Government has faced more than 2,000 demonstrations, rallies and protests in recent months and in all cases the security forces responded professionally.

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