Thousands of Jordanians march to press for reform

Thousands of Jordanians demonstrated peacefully in Amman and other cities after weekly prayers on Friday to press for political and economic reform, and demanding that the government resign.

“Egypt, the Arab nation salutes you. We urge your men to get rid of (President Hosni) Mubarak,” an estimated 3,000 people chanted as they marched in Amman city centre holding national flags.

“The Arab people’s message: you are corrupt, beware our anger. (Ousted Tunisian president Zine El Abidine) Ben Ali is waiting for you,” they said.

Police said around 2,000 people staged protests in other cities, answering a call by the powerful Muslim Brotherhood which is insisting on forcing political and economic reform in the kingdom.