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Thousands Protest Against Economic Conditions in Jordan

Jordanian protesters hold a giant national flag, as they march during a protest demanding the resignation of the prime minister and his government over price increases and inflation, in Amman, 21 Jan 2011

Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets in Jordan to protest against economic conditions and demand the prime minister's resignation.

The protests in the capital, Amman, and other cities on Friday come after similar demonstations in Tunis that resulted in last week's ouster of the country's president.

Chanting demonstrators in Jordan demanded relief from high food prices and accused the government of failing to fight corruption. Friday's protests were among the largest in the country in recent weeks.

The demonstrations were organized by opposition groups. Organizers went ahead with the protests, despite a pledge from Prime Minister Samir al-Rifai on Thursday to raise the salaries of government workers and increase pensions for government retirees.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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