Protests Renew Throughout Kingdom against Price Hikes

[15-11-2012 12:00 AM]

Ammon News - ** Protests, riots renew in Irbid, Zarqa, Tafileh, Karak, Ma'an, Shobak, Dhiban

AMMONNEWS - Protesters in various governorates in the kingdom blocked vital roads on Wednesday in protest of the government's decision to lift subsidies on oil derivatives and cooking gas.

Protests and riots renewed after a tense night on Tuesday following the government's decision to liberalize fuel prices, which automatically led to a hikes in prices of gasoline, kerosene, diesel, and cooking gas.

Major roads blockaded include al Hissa international highway connecting Amman with the southern governorates, before security forces intervened to re-open it.

In Shobak, angry protesters blocked the tourism road, and gave public employees in the municipality building "10-minutes" to vacate the building and impose civil disobedience and a strike from work.

In Amman, a road in Na'our was blocked after riots erupted near the Development circle, and another road near the local police station in the area.

In Irbid, hundreds of protesters assembled at Wasfi al-Tal circle there and chanted angry slogans at the government.

Protesters also placed burning rubber tires at the main highway linking Zarqa and Amman.

Clashes erupted in Dhiban in Madaba governorate between residents and gendarmerie forces, who had to use tear gas to disperse crowds that attacked a police station and torched 3 police vehicles and hurled rocks at the station.

In northern town of Kufr Asad, a major road was blocked by protesters.

A demonstration erupted in the southern governorate of Tafileh Wednesday afternoon, and also in Ma'an, Zarqaa, and Rubba.

* Photo from protest in Shobak Wednesday afternoon

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