Salt jumps on wagon of pro- reform protest

[07-08-2011 12:00 AM]

Ammon News - AMMONNEWS - The Jordanian city of Salt witnessed its first pro- reform demonstration on Friday in part of the ongoing activism by youth movements throughout the kingdom during the holy month of Ramadan to demand combatting corruption and actualizing reforms.

Dozens of activists staged a sit-in following Ramadan evening prayers on Friday night in front of Salt city's cultural center, protesting what they concidered government stalling in impementing nesessery political and economic reforms.

The city of Salt, in Balqaa' governorate northwest of Amman, had been realtivly calm since the launch of weekly pro-democracy protests in veriuos governarates for nearly seven months, with local activists citing giving Prime minister Marouf Bakhit's Government time to implement the promised reforms and prove itself capable of meeting the demands of citizens.

the protesters, calling themselves the 'Salt Free Men,' noted that anyone who observes the Government's performance in the past year recognizes that it is not serious in carrying out genuine reforms, and that all the measures it has taken so far are a pretext to stall and buy time, the organizers told Ammon News.

They demanded a stop on the encroachment of Security apparatus in public life and accelerate constitutional amendments that would allow for an elected government and fair and transparently elected parliament.

The protesters also criticized many of the city's representatives in the Lower House of Parliament, blasting them as inept in pressuring the government to actualize political reforms.

They noted that they will held a sit-in next Friday to demand of tangible economic and political reforms, compating corruption and amending the constitution in a manner that meets citizens rights and demands.

"We in Salt have not taken an active part in the demonstrations witnessed in other governorates since the beginning of the year out of our belief that we must give the government an opportunity to prove itself vis-a-vis reform, but it has failed so far in doing so, and therefore, we decided to join our comrades throughout the kingdom during this holy month to let our voice be heard that we will not tolerate the government's undermining of our demands," a protest organizer said during the demonstration.

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