The Straits Times
Published on Nov 16, 2012

Thousands of angry Jordanians call for king to go


AMMAN (AFP) - Thousands of demonstrators in Amman made unprecedented calls on Friday for Jordanian King Abdullah II to go, as police blocked them from heading to the royal palace to vent their anger over sharp hikes in fuel prices.

"The people want to reform the regime. Freedom, freedom, down with Abdullah. God is greater than injustice. Freedom is from God. Abdullah your era is gone," chanted what AFP estimated at more than 10,000 people, including Islamists, leftists and youth groups.

"The people want the fall of the regime. Abdullah, reform or leave, you have lost legitimacy," they shouted in anger as they gathered outside the Husseini Mosque in downtown Amman.

Public insults of the king or calling for his ouster are a rare occurrence because they are illegal and can result in the offender being jailed.