Protesters denounce referring activists to security court

07 December, 14:22

(ANSAmed) - AMMAN, DECEMBER 7 - Hundreds of protesters gathered near the state security court in Amman on Friday to denounce arrests of pro-reform activists and trial at the military run panel.

Liberal, lift leaning and Islamists joined hands with families of detainees to protest after Friday prayer, shouting anti government slogans and calling for freedom of expression.

Dozens of activists have been held over recent protests against government economic policies. Detainees face charges of illegal assembly, threatening stability of the regime, and could face multiple years sentence at the court if convicted.

"This court is unconstitutional. Jordan claims to be democratic country but sends peaceful demonstrators to the state security court to frighten them and silence voices urging reforms," said Hamzah Mansour, secretary general of the Islamic Action Front "(IAF), the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood movement.

Protesters raised placards describing the court as unconstitutional and called on the government to free dozens of arrested activists.

Security forces cordoned the court to stop protesters from approaching as the demonstration ended without incidents. Jordan has been swept by protests demanding reform and an end to liberalization of fuel prices, but authorities said the painful decision to raise fuel prices was necessary to protect the country's economy on the long run.(ANSAmed).

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