Loyalists Mobilize to Camp in Downtown Amman ahead of Reform Rally

[10/3/2012 12:00:00 AM]

AMMONNEWS - A group of self-proclaimed loyalists announced that they intend to mobilize thousands from across the country to descend on Amman Thursday night ahead of a mass demonstration called for by Islamists and pro-reform movements on Friday.

The 'Youth Loyal to the Nation and King' movement said that it held a meeting Monday evening and agreed to mobilize thousands of citizens from all governorates and transport them via buses to Amman Thursday night to camp out at downtown's al-Nakhil Square.

The decision came shortly after Islamist leaders and pro-reform movements announced during a press conference Monday afternoon that the rally will take place on Friday at Al Nakhil Square.

The counter demonstration raises fears of friction and clashes between the two simultaneous rallies taking place in the same time and area, particularly after media outlets reported on Monday that the security apparatus will be absent on Friday for the first time in nearly two years since the protests erupted in Jordan.

The Public Security Directorate (PSD) refused in statements to Ammon News on Monday to either deny or confirm the reports of its decision not to deploy its forces to accompany the protests in downtown Amman on Friday, October 5th.

"The Assembly of Youth Loyal to the Nation and King" said it will send 113 buses to transport participants from governorates to Al Nakhil Square, adding that they will coordinate with representatives in various governorates to begin transportation at 10 PM on Thursday.

The assembly added that they will distribute over 20,000 caps and shirts with the King's picture to participants who will camp out at Al Nakhil square overnight.

"This will be the largest loyalist demonstration in 30 years," the statement promised, stressing their right as Jordanian citizens to express their opinions and 'defend the country and king.'

The assembly said that it supports the reforms of King Abdullah, and will not 'ruin the country because of a few corrupt individuals.'

The statement was signed by spokesperson Rakan Sharbaji.

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