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Live in Dignity or Die

December 1, 2012
A family protests among the thousands who came out today to call for regime reform. The boy holds a sign that reads the same as a chant that rang out in the streets, "The people are tired of silence, live in dignity or die."

A family protests among the thousands who came out today to call for regime reform. The boy holds a sign that reads the same as a chant that rang out in the streets, “The people are tired of silence, live in dignity or die.”

Thousands gathered yesterday between Firas and the Interior Ministry Circle to protest against the rise in fuel prices, government corruption, Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur and to call for regime reform. Unlike two Fridays ago when demonstrators called for fall of the regime, most of the chants at yesterday’s protest focused encouraging Jordanian citizens instead to speak up for reform and fight the dramatic increase in the price of gas.

I followed a crowd of about 1000 who marched from the well-known King Abdullah II Mosque to meet the other demonstrators, which included Islamists, leftist groups and discontented citizens, to make their voices heard.  Signs and chants encouraged Jordanians to express themselves: “The people are tired of silence, live in dignity or die.”

Though near the end of the protest, there was palpable tension as hundreds gathered where riot police were lined to block any demonstrators from entering the Interior Ministry Circle, the crowd was dispersed peacefully. Hundreds of police were suited up and prepared to intervene if something happened, but it proved unnecessary.

My favorite part of yesterday’s demonstration was to see the mixed demographic of the crowd, particularly in the presence of hundreds of women participated, some with whole families in tow. This protest marked a change, with the location being moved from the usual spot of Husseini Mosque in downtown Amman.

*Because of internet issues, I won’t be posting videos from the protest until tomorrow, but please scroll through the photos below!

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  1. Diana McClure permalink
    December 2, 2012 12:39 am

    I can see your integration of women into your work. Great! On Dec 1, 2012 2:16 PM, “Melissa Tabeek In Jordan.” wrote:

    > ** > Melissa Tabeek posted: ” A family protests among the thousands who > came out today to call for regime reform. The boy holds a sign that reads > the same as a chant that rang out in the streets, “The people are tired of > s”

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