AMMAN — Hundreds rallied to the call of an anonymous group of activists to take to the Fourth Circle in protest on Thursday, including former members of Parliaments and prominent political figures joining the “Maanash copycat” protest.
The original organisers of the successful ‘Maanash’ movement, in May, which led to the resignation of former prime minister Hani Mulqi’s government, confirmed to The Jordan Times they are not affiliated in any way with ongoing protests.
Meanwhile, former MP Hind Al Fayez was seen at the protest, as well as prominent Islamist activist and Muslim Brotherhood figure Zaki Bani Irshaid.
However, a statement made available to The Jordan Times editorial team by the ‘Hirak Thiban’ movement, in the southern Jordanian town of Thiban, said they will be joining the Fourth Circle protest.
The Jordanian Communist Party and the ‘Hirak Al Ramtha Al Shaabi’, among other political grass-root movements, have also declared joining the national event.
By Thursday evening, at least 500 people had showed up despite the rain, as more joined the obscure demonstration.
Protestors chanting ‘down with the Parliament’ blocked the street connecting the Fourth Circle with the Jamal Abdul Nasser (Dakhiliyah) circle in both direction, calling for a general pardon and the rescinding of the income tax bill, which lawmakers recently passed, pending the King’s endorsement.
Demands by the joining movements also called for the withdrawal of the Electronic Crimes Law, according Jihad Kawamleh of the Thiban movement.
However, despite the turn-up and declared participation of various political entities, none of the protestors who spoke to The Jordan Times were able to name the organisers.
Friction was minimal but police prohibited reporters and citizens from taking picture from the pedestrian overpass, possible to prevent citizens from capturing the full scale of the protest.
Activists lit a bonfire by one of the buildings on the side of the street, a major Capital vain, to keep warm as more move to join the demonstration.