Dec. 24 - Jordanian security forces prevent protesters from attacking prime minister's office in protest over Mafraq clashes. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Clashes in Jordan. Hundreds of members of the Islamic Movement, a major Jordanian opposition group, clash with security forces outside the prime ministers office in Amman. They are up in arms amid reports that Jordanian police had reportedly fired tear gas to break up clashes between pro-reform Islamist demonstrators and government loyalists in the north. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ZAKI BANI IRSHID, ISLAMIC MOVEMENT: "We are here in front of the prime minister's office protesting against the crime that took place yesterday in the city of Mafraq, an official crime from the Jordanian government side. The content of the message sent was terrorism towards the national and Islamic movements in order not to resume their path of calling for real reform,'' Opposition Islamists, youth groups and other parties have been protesting since January, demanding political and economic change and an end to corruption. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters