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Jordanian opposition march against austerity

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Thousands of people in Jordan have protested over high food prices and poor living conditions, the largest in a series of demonstrations this week inspired by events in Tunisia.

Some 5000 marched through the centre of the capital Amman, calling on the authorities to scrap austerity measures.

The protest was organised by Jordan’s opposition, led by the influential Islamist movement.

“We believe that our country has entered a series of crises: an economic crisis, a social crisis and a political crisis. It’s time to begin a reform programme,” said Hamzeh Mansour of the Islamic Action Front.

Jordan’s government already heavily subsidises food, water and electricity.

In the wake of the unrest in Tunisia it moved to cut the price of fuel and staple products.