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Jordan braces for its 'largest' rally
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Jordanian protesters in Amman, February 4
Jordanians are preparing to hold their largest pro-democracy protest since January, when the wave of revolutions and uprisings began to spread across the Arab world.


The Islamic Action Front (IAF) has announced that about 10,000 of its members and supporters of 19 other political parties will take to the central streets of the Capital city Amman on Friday.

Meanwhile, demonstrators have started setting up tents and preparing for the protest.

Similar protests are expected to be held in other parts of the country, AFP reported.

The demonstration also seeks to denounce the violence against last week's protest in Amman, when a mob of government supporters wielding batons attacked the protesters, IAF said.

At least eight people were injured in the incident.

The US embassy has already issued a warning to its citizens to stay away from areas near protest rallies.

The demonstrations, inspired by recent revolutions in Tunisia an Egypt , are held against high costs of living and for demanding political and economic reforms in the country.

Pro-democracy movements have been spreading across the Arab countries in recent weeks.

Last month in Tunisia, nationwide outrage at the government's suppressive policies sparked a revolution, ending the 23-year-long rule of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, forcing him to flee to Saudi Arabia.

In Egypt, millions-strong nationwide revolution ended the 30-year dictatorship of former President Hosni Mubarak.

Other pro-democracy revolutions and uprisings have also been taking place in Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, Algeria as more Arab countries are expected to witness similar popular revolts.

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