Jordanian activists stage rally to demand reforms
Hundreds of Jordanians demonstrated on Friday, demanding the dissolution of parliament and the resignation of the government of Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit, dpa reported
The protesters, calling themselves "March 24 Youth", held their rally in an Amman suburb after a similar protest in a central square last week was broken up by security forces, leaving one dead and 120 injured.
A large number of police was deployed Friday to avert clashes between the pro-democracy protesters and government supporters, who tried to provoke the peaceful demonstrators.
Jordan's main opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood, urged King Abdullah II to intervene and propose a package of reforms that "ensure respect for freedom ... and avert divisions that happened in other Arab countries."
"A national salvation government should now be formed and be led by a reformist national personality to supervise the process of real reforms," the Brotherhood said.