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Jordan king condemns attack on media during rally

Arab World Materials 22 July 2011 02:26
Jordan's King Abdullah II on Thursday rejected as an "unjustified" a police attack on journalists during a pro-reform rally in Amman last week, DPA reported.
Jordan king condemns attack on media during rally

Jordan's King Abdullah II on Thursday rejected as an "unjustified" a police attack on journalists during a pro-reform rally in Amman last week, DPA reported.

"It was an unacceptable and unjustified action which does not represent the behaviour of the public security, which we are proud of in keeping the country's security and stability," the monarch said in a statement.

It was the first comment on the incident by the monarch, who returned home from a visit to the United States late Wednesday.

At least 10 journalists were hurt last Friday when police used force to disperse hundreds of pro-democracy youth activists, called the July 15 gathering, who demonstrated at the Nakheel Square in Amman to protest delays in adopting political reform.

Jordanian police have been involved in at least four attacks against the media and pro-democracy activists so far this year, but it was the first time the security authorities accept responsibility.

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