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Protests Erupt in Jordan Over Economic Conditions

Women hold signs, with bread taped on them, demonstrate against the government in Amman, Jordan, 14 Jan 2011

Thousands of people have gathered in the Jordanian capital, Amman, and other cities to protest the rising cost of living in the country.

Demonstrators chanted anti-government slogans and carried signs Friday demanding Prime Minister Samir al-Rifai's resignation.

The protests are taking place despite the government's decision Tuesday to slash prices for basic goods and some types of fuel.

The demonstrations were organized by the Jordan Social Leftist Movement and have received support from other opposition groups and trade unions.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

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