Category: Uprising in Jordan


Fri Sep 30, 2011

Thousands of Jordanians have taken to the streets in the capital, Amman, to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit and the dissolution of the lower house of parliament.

Accusing the government of Bakhit and lawmakers of “protecting corruption”, nearly 4,000 anti-government protesters marched from Al-Husseini mosque to nearby city hall following the Friday Prayers, to call for their removal from power.

“A government that is protecting corruption cannot be trusted, and a parliament of corruption does not represent the people,” chanted the protesters who held banners reading, “You will not be able to fool us”.

The protest rally came after the lower house approved a bill that would criminalize corruption allegations. According to the bill, those who publicly accuse officials of corruption without proof will be fined between 30,000 and 60,000 dinars (USD42,000-USD85,000).

The demonstrators also condemned the recent constitutional changes, which were approved by King Abdullah II on Friday.

They say the amendments are insufficient and do not meet their key demands for a new electoral law and an elected prime minister.

The constitutional reforms include the creation of an independent commission to oversee elections and the limitation of the jurisdiction of the military state security court.

Similar anti-government protests were also held in other major Jordanian cities.

Jordan has faced anti-government rallies demanding reforms and an end to corruption since January.

In June, in a bid to appease protesters, King Abdullah II announced some concessions, including the formation of future governments that were based on an elected parliamentary majority rather than one appointed by the monarch.

However, the monarch said it may take two to three years to put an elected government in place.

Source: PressTV.

Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/202002.html.

Fri Sep 9, 2011

Anti-government protesters have poured into the streets of the Jordanian capital, Amman, to reject constitutional reforms proposed by the government.

Protesters say the amendments proposed by the Royal Commission do not meet their demanded reforms. Jordanian lawmakers are currently debating the proposed constitutional reforms.

The proposed reforms include the creation of an independent commission to oversee elections, lowering the age of candidates for parliament from 35 to 25 and limiting the jurisdiction of the military state security court.

But the opposition has described the proposed amendments as insufficient, saying they do not meet their key demands for a new electoral law and an elected prime minister.

“We rejected these amendments and we will never admit them as a constitution as long as it does not address the essence of the crisis,” said protester Ali Abu Sukar.

Protesters also demanded Prime Minister Marouf al-Bakhit’s resignation, an end to government corruption and the dissolution of parliament.

Smaller demonstrations were also reported in other parts of Jordan.

Jordan has faced anti-government rallies demanding reforms and an end to corruption since January.

In June, in a bid to appease protesters, King Abdullah II announced some concessions, including the formation of future governments that were based on an elected parliamentary majority rather than one appointed by the monarch.

However, he later said it may take two to three years to put an elected government in place.

Source: PressTV.
Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/198244.html.

2011-09-05

By Amal Ghabayen

AMMONNEWS – The Chief of Preventative Security in Zarqa governorate on Monday denied the accusations that the State Security Court (SSC) charged members of the Salafist movement with in the case of the violent clashes that erupted in Zarqa last April.

The special military tribunal had charged Salafist members who took part in the demonstration in Zarqa that left over 80 security personnel injured – according to security statements – with instigating strife and sedition and encouraging terrorist acts.

Musa Abdullat, one of the lawyers representing Islamist movements, said that the Zarqa Preventative Security chief stressed during his testimony in the second session of the trial on Monday that Salafist leader Abu Muhammad Tahawi called on demonstrators during the protest on April 15 to maintain self control and avoid altercations with security forces or counter demonstrators.

“The Preventative Security official explained in his testimony that there were no slogans or speeches by the demonstrators and Salafi current leaders during the protest that encouraged terrorist acts or offended Jordanian sects, tribes, or the national unity,” Abdullat told Ammon News.

Security authorities had carried out mass arrests following the April 15th violent clashes, detaining over 100 individuals over charges of rioting, instigating sedition, and terrorism.

An official investigation by security authorities had claimed that demonstrators attacked security personnel armed with sharp weapons, including swords, axes, daggers, sticks and iron batons, and that they caused damage to public and private property.

Eight other security officers gave their testimonies during Monday’s session regarding the incident.

The military tribunal adjourned on Monday and scheduled the next session on September 29th, 2011.

Source: Ammon News.
Link: http://en.ammonnews.net/article.aspx?articleNO=13608.

الجمعة 02-09-2011

قال الحراك الشبابي الاردني أنه سينظم إعتصاماً مساء الاحد امام السفارة البحرينية في عمان للتضامن مع الشعب البحريني المطالب بالحرية – على حد وصف بيان صدر عنهم الخميس -.

وعبر التحرك عن رفضه للتدخل الأمني الاردني في الخارج. ووجه الناشطون دعوة للاعتصام أمام السفارة البحرينية الكائنة في الشميساني عند الساعة السادسة من مساء الأحد القادم تضامنا مع الثورة الشعبية في البحرين، ورفضا للتدخل الأردني ضد الثورة هناك.

وبحسب المنظمين يهدف الاعتصام إلى التعبير عن التضامن مع الشعب البحريني في مطالبه المشروعة ،ورفض القمع بحقه، ورفض “الاحتلال السعودي” للشعب البحريني على حد وصفهم.

ويشدّد الداعون لهذا الاعتصام على رفض إقحام قوات الجيش والدرك الأردنية في معارك ليست بمعاركنا كما يحصل في البحرين وافغانستان وليبيا.

ومن الجدير بالذكر أنّه قد تمّ الكشف عن إرسال الأردن لقوات من الدرك لمساعدة السلطات البحرينية في استعادة النظام والقضاء على الثورة الشعبية استجابة لطلب من الحكومة البحرينية.

المصدر: الجزيرة العربية.
الرابط: http://www.jurnaljazira.com/news_view_42.html.

by Ammaar ibn Walid
The Star Trail Lines Writer

The 18th of May 2011, Wednesday
The 18th of Jumada al-Akhira 1432

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful…

The year of 2011 has so far witnessed historic events, mainly the Arab Spring, or what I like to term the Breeze Uprisings. I termed the year 2011 as “The Year of Breeze”, hence the title of the post. I want to solely focus on the protests that have happened in Jordan in this post. Jordan is led by the arrogant Royal Hashemite Family. It was formed out of the Great Arab Disgrace and survived it. There are numerous tribes in Jordan. Such tribes are Native Jordanians. People might ask and wonder about the Arab Spring not affecting Jordan.

Living in Jordan and following events happening in it, I would like to say that the Arab Spring is obviously affecting Jordan.

FOREIGN AGENDA AGAINST JORDAN:

The protests in Jordan started late and quietly. Unlike other uprisings in the Middle East, the people of Jordan do NOT want or even try to overthrow the Royal Hashemite Family. Doing such a thing would lead to a power struggle in Jordan. Doing such a thing would most likely put Jordan into a second bloodier civil war. Not only would trying to overthrow the Hashemite Royal Family lead to a second bloodier civil war, but that would make Jordan weak enough for enemies to exploit it.

In this case namely the Zionists of Occupied Palestine. No matter how quiet the Zionists are about it, or apologize about it, it is obvious that the Zionists of Occupied Palestine still have their eyes on Jordan for their Greater Israel. The first thing is falsely claiming that Jordan is “Palestine”. This is nonsense from the Zionists. It was the colonialists who achieved victory in World War 1 who formed Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria out of the Levant.

If I would blame anyone I would blame the Global Oligarchy for their plans at that time to divide Islamic Land after the Arabs from Hijaz took the Levant from the Ottoman Khilafa. It is true and an actual fact that the majority of the population of Jordan is Palestinian, but that doesn’t mean for Jordan to become “Palestine”. The Palestinian Jordanians and Palestinians throughout the world would object to such a thing, and not only Native Jordanians.

The manipulation King Abdullah II gets (like his visit with Obama in the U.S., where Obama pledged “money and wheat” to Jordan) shows how much King Abdullah could be manipulated, in a cunning way. The money is probably to buy people in order for them not to protest in the future. Now those who accept such offers and those who reject would show who are strong in their faith in Islam.

KING WITH UNLIMITED POWERS:

It needs to be mentioned that the Prime Minister and Senate Members of the Parliament are appointed by the King of Jordan, namely King Abdullah II. It also needs to be mentioned that King Abdullah II is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Jordan.

PRIME MINISTER FOR “SECURITY” PERIOD:

The situation in Jordan, with unemployment and high prices, along with corruption in the Jordanian Government, is something no one would envy. Jordanians started protesting about such things, calling for Samir Rifai, the Prime Minister of that time, to resign. Samir Rifai is a Jordanian who was an ex-Economic Adviser for King Abdullah II. King Abdullah II made him prime minister so that the economic situation of Jordan could be improved. However with protests against Samir Rifai, it was obvious that the economic situation hasn’t improved under his leadership.

With King Abdullah II pressured from the protests, he sacked Samir Rifai and hired a worse Jordanian for Prime Minister. Marouf al-Bakhit enters the picture at that point, and he has remained prime minister since. He is a Native Jordanian from one of the Jordanian tribes, which most likely helped cool the nerves of some Jordanian Tribes. It was a wise decision for King Abdullah II to sack Samir Rifai, but unwise to appoint Marouf al-Bakhit as Rifai’s replacement.

With a career as the Jordanian Ambassador for the Zionists of Occupied Palestine and a career in the Jordanian Armed Forces, it was apparent that his appointment would do no good for Jordan. al-Bakhit’s career showed when protests continued on, even after he was appointed. He led siege to Amman with the Armed Forces of Jordan at first temporarily, trying to not allow the protests to spread to other cities in Jordan. Regardless of that fruitless oppressive effort, protests did spread to other cities in Jordan. Not being successful, the siege didn’t last long.

RACISM OF NATIVE JORDANIANS:

At first the Jordanian Tribes were quiet about the protests, but at one point the leaders of numerous major tribes showed their dislike toward how King Abdullah II was acting. Due to that King Abdullah II somewhat responded more, with him remaining in Jordan for a longer period of time, and not always traveling out of Jordan. The Islamic Action Front was the first to call for a National Salvation Government for Jordan. When the Jordanian Tribes expressed their dislike toward how King Abdullah II was acting, they also called for a National Salvation Government, thus indirectly supporting the Islamic Action Front’s call for it.

The Jordanian Tribes also expressed their dislike toward the wife of King Abdullah II, Queen Rania. However true the reason for their dislike toward Queen Rania, it showed racism in an indirect way that the Native Jordanians had for the Palestinian Jordanians. It might not be apparent to foreigners or to tourists, but from time to time there are clashes between Native Jordanian Youth and Palestinian Jordanian Youth, however uncommon and rare that might be. I’ve witnessed it on several occasions myself.

THE YOUTH OF MARCH 24:

The demands of the Jordanians were simple at first, similar to the ones across the region, however those demands increased. Eventually the protests were calling for a Constitutional Monarchy. This means for the people to elect the Prime Minister and the Senate Members, meaning to decrease the authority of King Abdullah II ONLY. That was how the constitution for Jordan originally was: a Constitutional Monarchy. However it was gradually altered to what it is now. For a good time in the beginning, the peaceful protests earned Jordan a good image, compared to other violent oppression of protests elsewhere in the region. That changed though.

Eventually a group calling itself “Youth of March 24” was formed in Jordan. They became known by having a sit-in at the interior circle in Amman. They requested a Constitutional Monarchy and for the Jordanian Intelligence to be dismantled. Marouf al-Bakhit showed his hand and his influence in breaking the sit-in, and perhaps most likely releasing the “official” reason of the death of the martyr. During the sit-in and before it was broken, some Jordanians that passed by from some distance threw rocks and stones at those participating in the sit-in.

Why was this? There is evidence of government (or intelligence) influence with some of the Jordanians, as some of them were told that those in the sit-in were “Palestinian”. Racism kicked in during such an event. During the protests against the government there were ignorant rallies who expressed their “loyalty” toward King Abdullah II. That shows how much they didn’t understand what was going on, and how ignorant they are. However on March 25 would live in infamy. It was when the sit-in of the group was broken up.

One of the results was a Jordanian becoming a martyr from the hands of the Jordanian Gendarme. It was part of the “security” forces of Jordan, and its purpose was to protect foreign missions, like embassies and consulates, as well as provide escort for important leading foreign governmental officials. The martyr marked the first death since the protests in Jordan started. His name is Khairi Mustafa. The Gendarme beat him to death at the circle, while the official reason for his death was something completely different.

FAVORITISM OVER TRIBES:

It was during the protests that I became more aware of stuff, like of the Royal Hashemite Family favoring some Jordanian Tribes over others. This shows with government support of development and developing areas in the north of Jordan. From that the Royal Hashemite Family favored the tribes in the north, over the tribes in the south, where it isn’t as well developed as the north. There were some incidents where government offices were attacked and burned in the south. It was no surprise. The reason why the Royal Hashemite Family favors some tribes over others in Jordan? Who does it benefit?

Certainly not the Jordanians. The Global Oligarchy, led by the U.S. and President Obama, have influence and are capable of manipulating the young western-educated King of Jordan. It is most likely that it was through their manipulation that the king favored tribes in the north over tribes of the south. That is kind of ironic though, since during the Great Arab Disgrace, the south of Jordan had some important role for the Hashemite family, yet now they’re being neglected. It is important to note that the Jordanian Tribes in the north are close to Syria, showing how the Global Oligarchy wants to keep an eye on Syria.

ENCOURAGEMENT BEFORE BREEZE UPRISINGS:

At first the protests in Jordan weren’t that well organized, but nonetheless there were still protests. Eventually it seemed that the Youth of March 24 took a leadership role, but since then the Muslim Brotherhood took over. The majority of Jordanians, whether natives or Palestinian, are Muslims. There would still be tension in Jordan, even if the protests decrease. The Parliamentary Elections late last year are a role in encouraging such protests that have happened in Jordan.

At first the Jordanians weren’t encouraged or motivated enough, but with Breeze Uprisings sweeping the Middle East, it was enough encouragement.

INCIDENTS IN JORDAN:

There were incidents, like the Jordan Intelligence closing a top Jordanian website that they didn’t like. The government at the time denied the Intelligence being involved in it, but no other department in Jordan had such cyber skill. Another incident to be noted is when the bodyguards of King Abdullah II shot at protesters in a university that King Abdullah II was visiting. Members of a tribe were protesting their living conditions and some other stuff.

PROPAGANDA COVERAGE:

It is interesting to know what and how official state media covered the protests in Jordan. Some times they had nonsense and other times they didn’t give the events or incidents they deserved. I don’t know if that was lack of knowledge or something else. It was during such protests and such times that I decided that JTV is a propaganda tool of the government mostly.

INCIDENTS NOT WELL COVERED:

Groups and organizations that were once operating underground, like Hizb ut-Tahrir, came out in the open, organized and went along with successful protests and rallies of their own. There were other types of protests besides the protests against the government, like those for prisoners in Arabia. In the end the people of Jordan do NOT want to overthrow the Royal Hashemite Family; they just want better standard living conditions for themselves and their families.

Source: The Star Trail Lines.
Link: http://startrailines.blogspot.com/2011/05/calm-breeze-protests-of-jordan.html.

Sat Aug 27, 2011

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Ben Abdul Aziz has expressed concerns about the persistence of protests in Jordan in a letter to the country’s King Abdullah II.

“The political development in Jordan will have a negative impact on Saudi Arabia,” wrote the Saudi King in the letter to his Jordanian counterpart, Fars news agency reported.

“The status of Arab countries such as Jordan and Saudi Arabia are linked together and therefore Saudi Arabia will spare no effort to resolve Jordan’s problems,” the Saudi ruler pledged.

Saudi king’s letter came as protest rallies have been staged across Jordan for the past seven months in efforts to push the government to expand powers of the parliament.

Jordanians have also been demanding lower food prices, a greater participation in politics and the election of a prime minister.

The rise in anti-government protests and mounting political tension in Arab countries such of Jordan, Yemen and Bahrain have worried the US-backed Saudi kingdom and prompted King Abdullah to grant Jordan more than $1.2 billion in financial assistance since the beginning of 2011.

Saudi Arabia has been criticized over its double standards toward anti-government protests in the region. Riyadh has been a strong supporter of opposition groups in Syria, while it has deployed troops in Bahrain to help regime forces crush protesters there.

Source: PressTV.
Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/195977.html.