Jordan: a revolt renewed

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As Israel launched its assault on Gaza, the return of Jordan's popular movement demonstrated the continuing vitality of the Arab revolutions.

The hirak (movement) erupted in simultaneous demonstrations across major towns in the second week of November. The immediate demand was for the reversal of the royal decision to remove price subsidies on essential goods such as fuel. However, the demonstrations have broken through the bubble that had hitherto protected the Jordanian Hashemite monarchy.

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