Saturday, July 16, 2011

Pro-reform demonstrations in Amman

Jordan police assault 9 journalists, including New York Times correspondent, covering large pro-reform demonstrations in Amman

"At least 16 people, including journalists and policemen, were injured on Friday when police tried to stop clashes between pro-reform demonstrators and government supporters in central Amman.

Police used batons to break up the clashes outside city hall, beating and injuring nine journalists who were wearing orange vests marked “Press,” an AFP reporter at the scene said.

The injured included an AFP photographer and a female Islamist activist.

“We were beaten by police, although we were wearing special press vests,” said the photographer. “We thought we would be safe when we stood next to the police and away from the clashes.”

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