Muslim Brotherhood "Day of Rage" Scares Jordan

Everywhere the same song and dance:

“We demand social justice and freedom”- (translated:  we want sharia and the freedom to spread Islam by the sword)

Muslim Brotherhood tries to spin popular protests into advantage for pro-Sharia forces

This is similar to what is going on in Tunisia. “In Jordan, Islamists try to spin popular protests into political uprising,” by Taylor Luck in the Christian Science Monitor, via JW

Arab News thanks to TT

More than 5,000 people from across the political spectrum, including the powerful Muslim Brotherhood, the left wing groups and the trade unions staged Friday what they called a “Day of Rage” in the Jordanian capital of Amman and in the northern town of Irbid.

Jordanian protesters hold a giant national flag, as they march during a protest demanding the resignation of the prime minister and his government over price increases and inflation, in Amman, Jordan on Friday. (AP)

They demanded Prime Minister Samir Rifai step down and for Jordanians to be able to elect their prime minister and other ministers rather than having them appointed by King Abdallah.

Streets protests have mounted over the past week, spurred on by Tunisia’s example, and despite government moves to lower the prices on basic goods and fuel. “(Prime Minister Samir) Rifai, out, out! People of Jordan will not bow,” protesters chanted as they marched from Al-Hussein Mosque in central Amman to the nearby municipality building. “Our demands are legitimate. We want bread and freedom.”

Police handed out bottles of water and juice to the demonstrators, who carried banners reading, “We demand social justice and freedom,” “No to oppression, yes to change” and, “We need a national salvation government.”

Police spokesman Mohammad Khatib said about 4,000 people took part in the capital’s peaceful protest, organized by the powerful Muslim Brotherhood and its political arm the Islamic Action Front.

“What we urgently need is real political and socioeconomic reforms,” IAF secretary general Hamzeh Mansur told the crowds.

About 1,400 people demonstrated in other parts of Jordan, mainly the northern cities of Zarqa and Irbid.

Rifai on Thursday announced a $283 million plan to raise salaries of government staff as well as the pensions of retired government employees and servicemen in the face of popular discontent.

The $28 a month raise came nine days after a $169 million plan to improve living conditions.

The current minimum wage is $211 a month.

But the opposition and others say the new measures are not enough as poverty levels are running at 25% in the desert kingdom, whose capital is the most expensive city in the Arab world, according to several independent studies. “These measures are designed to drug people, nothing more. We need comprehensive reforms,” said prominent unionist Maisarah Malas.

Retired serviceman Faruq Abbadi, 54, agreed. “The government should change its economic policies and mentality. We are protesting today because we want to protect ourselves and our nation. We have gone 50 years backwards,” he said.

Official unemployment is about 14% in the country of six million people, 70% of them under the age of 30. But other estimates put the jobless figure at 30%.

“The new government measures are not enough. Prices and taxes are still high, while our income is still low,” Marwan Malihi, a 52-year-old engineer, said.

A $1.5 billion deficit, equivalent to 5% of gross domestic product, is expected on this year’s $8.8 billion budget.

Thousands of Jordanians took to the streets of the kingdom in a similar protest on Friday last week.

6 thoughts on “Muslim Brotherhood "Day of Rage" Scares Jordan”

  1. Yet another “Day of Rage” from the “Religion of Peace”

    Call me crazy but if you are all members of the same “Religion of Peace” aka. Islam,living side by side in an Islamic Country, surely that is proof positive that Islam is a “Religion of Rage, Hate and Discontent” or as any thinking person would say, a Cult spawned by Satan, the Anti Christ.

    All Judeo Christian Democracies must secure their borders NOW, and identify, intern and repatriate any followers of Islam to whatever Islamic shit hole they,their parents,grandparents RAN AWAY from.
    Deliver these followers of allah their Nirvana, their Paradise on Earth, their very own slaughter house, unconstrained by Judeo Christian civilizations norms, checks and balances.
    Rape, Pillage, Plunder, Dismember,Sodomise all they want free of infidel criticism of their Cults Satan inspired “Religion”.

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  3. Its a little like Iran before the Shah of Iran was ousted by the Islamis forces. Has the world not learned a lesson from this.
    Jorday has always appeared modern and friendly toward the west, marrying British girls, education usually in Britain. Sounds a little like good Muslim, bad Muslim.

    I know our leaders will just ignore this. They take a long time to learn a lesson.

  4. Jordan releases four jihadists from prison in attempt to stave off protests

    Meanwhile, American analysts continue to insist that the protesters are largely secular. “Jordan releases 4 jailed members of radical Islamist group in effort to stave off protests,” by Jamal Halaby for The Associated Press, April 12:

    AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan has released four jailed members of a radical Islamist group that had threatened to stage a mass demonstration over their detentions, the group’s leader said Tuesday.
    Abed Shihadeh al-Tahawi said the four were released late Monday under a deal between the security forces and his ultraconservative Salafi group, which is banned in Jordan.

    “We warned that we will hold a large demonstration today, which was seen as a security risk for the government,” al-Tahawi said. “The government knows that we mean business and that we do not get intimidated by security forces.”

    Al-Tahawi himself has recently served a prison term for plotting terrorist strikes against the U.S. and Israeli embassies in Jordan in 2004….

    Al-Tahawi said security officials got in touch with him and other group members on Monday “to persuade us not to hold our protest.”

    He said the rally was meant to publicly articulate his group’s demand for the release of its four followers, who were arrested in an anti-government rally last week.

    “When our four brothers were released, we cancelled the planned protest,” he said.

    But he insisted the group will continue staging demonstrations to press its demand for the release of 300 other Salafis serving prison terms for plotting al-Qaida–linked terror attacks in Jordan….

  5. Jordan Courts Islamists

    by Khaled Abu Toameh

    Facing growing protests at home, Jordan’s King Abdullah has embarked on a policy aimed at appeasing radical Muslims.

    King Abdullah’s decision to woo Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood is seen as a no-confidence vote in the US President Barack Obama’s policy toward the Arab world, as leaders there are beginning to realize that they can no longer rely on Obama, especially after his hasty decision to abandon Egyptian President Hosni Mubabrak.

    King Abdullah also sees how the Islamists are gaining power in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and the Palestinian Territories, and has apparently decided to appease them as a pre-emptive measure.

    In the past few months Jordan has been hit by a wave of weekly anti-government demonstrations. For the first time, former senior security and civilian officials have joined the protests – a move seen by many as a direct and unprecedented challenge to King Abdullah.

    Most recently, reports indicate that the Jordanians may approve a request by Hamas to move its offices from Damascus to Amman. Relations between the Syrian regime and Hamas have been strained as a result of the movement’s refusal to support Bashar al-Assad’s ruthless crackdown on his opponents.

    The improvement in relations between Jordan and Hamas comes more than a decade after the Jordanians closed down the Hamas offices in the kingdom and deported the movement’s leaders.

    Relations between Hamas and Jordan reached their lowest point a few years ago when the Jordanian authorities announced that they had foiled a plot to smuggle weapons into the country for launching terror attacks against the kingdom and Israel.

    In recent weeks, however, there have been countless reports about a rapprochement between Jordan and Hamas. Last month, the Jordanian authorities permitted Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal to visit Amman to see his ailing mother.

    It was the second time that the Syrian-based Mashaal had been allowed to enter Jordan since he was deported from the kingdom a decade ago, In 1999, he was allowed into Amman to briefly visit his dying father.

    Other Hamas representatives have since visited Jordan. One of Mashaal’s top aides was the first to phone the newly-appointed Jordanian Prime Minister, Awn Khawasneh, to congratulate him on his new job.

    In addition to Hamas, the Jordanian monarch appears also to be wooing the Muslim Brotherhood organization in his country. His new prime minister last week invited the Muslim Brotherhood to join his new government – an offer that the radical group rejected. The prime minister would not have dared to talk to the Muslim Brotherhood had he not received a green light from the king.

    The king’s gestures to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood are a clear attempt to absorb growing discontent in the kingdom over his failure to implement major reforms that would limit the role of the Jordanian security forces in civilian and political matters.

    The king is afraid of an “Arab Spring” in his country. But the only way to avoid a larger revolt against his regime is by embarking on real and comprehensive reforms in all walks of life — not by engaging radical Islamists who in the long run pose an even bigger threat.

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