AMMAN, Jordan – Protesters demanding reforms clashed with government supporters in the center of Jordan’s capital on Friday, pelting each other stones until security forces charged in and beat protesters, killing one, as unrest intensified in this key U.S. ally.
The clashes, in which more than 100 were injured, were the most violent in more than two months of protests inspired by the popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, and the death was the first of a protester since the unrest began.
Protests in Jordan have generally been smaller than those in other Arab nations — and in other difference have not sought the ouster of the country’s leader, King Abdullah II. But the young Jordanians organizing the demonstrations said this week they are intensifying their campaign, demanding the removal of the prime minister, creation of a more reformist government, the dissolving of what is seen as a docile parliament and the dismantling of the largely feared intelligence department.
Hundreds of anti-government activists — many of whom coordinated through Facebook — vowed to camp out in a central Amman square in front of the Interior Ministry in Amman until their demands are met. Their numbers swelled to more than 1,500 during the day to include members of the Islamic Action Front, Jordan’s largest opposition party, and their leftist allies.
In the afternoon, several hundred government supporters attacked the protesters, sparking stone-throw… >>>