Jordan: two dozens activists arrested in the south

14 March, 14:08

(ANSAmed) - AMMAN, MARCH 14 - Jordanian security forces arrested two dozens of activists from the southern city of Tafilah as part of a crackdown campaign on activists, police sources said today.

According to authorities, the crackdown campaign will continue despite mounting criticism to the government policy against reform advocates.

Police chief Fawaz Mayta said security forces are searching for activists said to have caused public unrest and posses illegal weapons. Some of the charges levied against activists include insulting security forces, illegal gathering and possession of drugs, he was quoted as saying by the official news agency, Petra.

Cities in the south, a hotbed of regime loyalists, have been taking to the streets over the past weeks calling for weeping reforms and genuine fight against infested corruption. The protests have ended peacefully, despite sporadic arrests to activists as security forces fear angering powerful tribes controlling the area.

The pro-west King Abdullaah says authorities will continue reform measures, but opposition activists say authorities are buying time amid rising public discontent over role of security agencies in shaping the country's politics.

Municipal elections are expected to be held later this year, but observers say they polls will mean little as long as the Parliament is elected under the current law, which favours tribal candidates close to the regime at the expense of political activists in major cities. (ANSAmed).

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