Jordanian police attacked; witnesses cite anger at a banned lawmaker
AMMAN (Reuters) – “Armed attacks on security forces” took place on the outskirts of the Jordanian capital of Amman on Saturday, state media reported, citing the Interior Ministry, and witnesses told Reuters that the attacks were triggered by tribal supporters of a lawmaker who was banned from parliament.
Lawmaker Osama al Ajarma was banned from parliament for a year last week for insulting the body in a speech, prompting members of his tribe to protest.
In a separate statement released by the state-owned Petra news agency on Saturday, Jordanian police said four members of the security forces “dealing with riots in the Naour region have been injured and are under treatment.”
The police media spokesperson said security forces faced riots and vehicle fires in Naour on Saturday evening.
The Home Office said on Saturday it would not allow any gatherings that violate the law governing public gatherings.
Clashes between some unruly members of the powerful Jordanians frequently take place in a country where tribes are the backbone of the security forces and the military.
(Reporting by Nayera Abdallah and Omar Fahmy; Additional reporting by Suleiman al Khalidi; Editing by Leslie Adler)