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Protesters clash with police in southern Jordan city
Published Thursday 24/04/2014 (updated) 26/04/2014 14:59
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Clashes broke out on Wednesday evening between police and protesters in the city of Maan in southern Jordan, Jordanian news agencies reported.

Jordanian news agency Ammon on its Arab language website quoted Jordanian security sources as saying that the protests came in response to the killing of a young man in clashes Tuesday between Jordanian security and "fugitives" during a security campaign in the city.

Local activists told the Beirut-based al-Mayadeen TV channel that the victim was a bystander who was a supporter of "Salafi" militant groups.

They highlighted that the death toll in clashes between Jordanian security and protesters over the last year had now reached eight.

Jordanian news agency Ammon also reported Thursday that protesters set fire to the facades of two banks and some governmental buildings.

Security officers, meanwhile, fired tear gas canisters to disperse protesters.

The clashes coincided with the anniversary of major protests in the city in 1989 against government economic reforms introduced by the International Monetary Fund that led to major price increases.

Although anti-government protest in Jordan is relatively rare, Maan is a historically active center of political opposition.

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