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Jordanians protest rising prices

Friday, January 14, 2011 - 01:50

Jan 14 - Outrage over the rising cost of fuel and food prompts hundreds of Jordanians to demonstrate in the streets. David Botti reports.

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Hundreds take to the streets of another Arab city, in a show of outrage over rising food and fuel prices. This demonstration in the Jordanian capital, Amman, comes after last week's government approval of a 225 million dollar package designed to bring some relief. The plan will, in part, cut fuel prices to temper the impact of high food costs on the country's poor. One former MP says the government measures aren't enough. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) FORMER MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, MANSOUR MURAD, SAYING: "We came to support a social movement of different groups in society. We consider the government's measures to reduce prices as not making a difference. This is an attempt to absorb the reaction of society, and stop it from demonstrating." Ten years ago Jordan lifted subsidies on fuel and gasoline as part of free-market reforms -- and the price of gas has recently risen along with the global market. Worry over the cost of food was also on peoples' minds as they shopped at a local vegetable market. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MARKET CUSTOMER, MAYSARA AFANEH, SAYING: "Prices are not good considering the current economic situation, they are very high." Rising world food prices have spurred violent protests across the region - and Arab leaders are paying close attention in the wake of unprecedented unrest in Tunisia. David Botti, Reuters

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Jordanians protest rising prices

Friday, January 14, 2011 - 01:50