Islamists Warn of Jordan's "Security Grip"

15-12-2012 12:00 AM

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AMMONNEWS - The Jordan Muslim Brotherhood's Committee to follow up on pro-reform detainees warned in a statement of the continued security grip in 'tracking and punishing' political pro-reform activists.

In a statement issued late Thursday, the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) expressed dismay at what it described as a "failed security method which attempts to crackdown on voices that express the struggle of citizens and their aspirations for freedom."

The MB committee denounced referring "political detainees" to the State Security Court (SSC), Jordan's special military tribunal, and called for their immediate release.

The statement also called for putting an end to measures that restrict freedom of opinion and expression in the kingdom.

"In neighboring countries, this[security] method only brought failure and threat to security and stability and the worse case to regimes by its own peoples," the statement warned.

The statement held the regime responsible for the repercussions of the conditions of detainees, warning that "the security method of dealing with popular demands, and the use of aggression and torture against detainees will have implications and repercussions in the state and society," the statement added.

The Muslim Brotherhood welcomed the recent release of several pro-reform detainees, dubbing them as "freedom fighters," and called on them to continue their struggle to "save the country from the corrupt and despots."

Jordanian authorities had arrested and detained over 150 people during the wave of protests that erupted in November in reaction to the government's decision to float fuel prices, which led to a substantial hike in prices.

The State Security Court released most of the detainees, but vowed to prosecute anyone proven to have taken part in vandalism and attacks on public and private property during the wave of protests and riots last month.

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