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Jordan's king orders release of jailed protesters

Jordanian protesters wave the national flag during a demonstration against corruption in the government, increased cost of living and demanding the release of political prisoners, in Amman on November 30, 2012. AFP PHOTO/KHALIL MAZRAAWI

AMMAN: Jordan's king has ordered the release of 116 protesters jailed for their involvement in last month's violent rallies against hikes in fuel prices.

The wave of protests across the country in November had featured rare calls for deposing Abdullah II.

Three people were killed and 75 others, including 58 policemen, were injured in the violence as prices for heating and cooking gas went up by 54 percent, and some oil derivatives by up to 28 percent.

Information Minister Sameeh Maaytah said on Tuesday that 13 other detainees, charged with criminal conspiracy and vandalism, were not included in the pardon.

The kingdom's Petra news agency said Abdullah issued the pardon late Monday.

Jordan has largely been spared the mass demonstrations that have toppled four Arab leaders during the Arab Spring uprisings.

 

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