Anti-Austerity Protests Rattle Jordan, Reverberating Across the Middle East

Protesters gather outside the prime minister’s office in Amman, Jordan, June 6, 2018 (AP photo by Raad al-Adayleh).
Protesters gather outside the prime minister’s office in Amman, Jordan, June 6, 2018 (AP photo by Raad al-Adayleh).

When people take to the streets to protest high prices and tax increases, their message doesn’t usually resonate beyond their country’s borders. But when the protests erupt in a country like Jordan, in the heart of the Middle East, they are an uncomfortable reminder to the region, and the world, of the kingdom’s vulnerability and its importance in preserving regional stability. The protests started last week in Amman, and they quickly took on a life of their own, expanding well beyond the capital and drawing support from across society—a sign that their objective of drawing attention to economic hardships resonated […]

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