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Jordan revokes restrictions on public gatherings

Jordan's interior minister says protests will no longer need government permission, after Jordanians demanded that the government lift restrictions on free speech.

  • AP
  • Published: 20:26 February 15, 2011
  • Gulf News

Amman: Jordan's interior minister, bowing to public pressure to revoke restrictions on public gatherings, says protests will no longer need government permission.

Saed Hayel Srour says he has recommended the change to the Cabinet, which is expected to endorse it quickly.

In street protests in the past five weeks, Jordanians demanded that the government lift restrictions on free speech and assembly.

Jordan's King Abdullah II responded by promising wider freedoms and changes to pertinent laws.

Srour said Tuesday that protesters would still have to inform authorities of any gathering two days in advance to ensure public safety. However, he said the government would no longer interfere in such matters.

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