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Jordan’s protesters don’t want the regime to go. They want reform.

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No popular protest or movement occurring in the past in Jordan can be compared to the protests and strikes taking place in Jordan over the past few days. They can truly be described as the true version of the Arab Spring in Jordan, compared to the mass movement that broke out in 2010, lasting about two years. However, its composition and nature was not similar to that of the Arab peaceful protests, as it did not reach that level. Instead, it remained limited and mostly linked to ideological forces.

As for the recent protests, they were characterised with unprecedented features as the strike carried out by the professional unions on 30 May was unique and a precedent in modern history. Interaction with the strike was good and it was followed by protests all across Jordan, including the 4th Circle in Jabal Amman, where the Cabinet headquarters is located. These protests were peaceful and associated with groups that are not involved in the political process and a large part of them do not have any prior experience with political work or even popular protests.

Above all, it is clear that there is a large percentage of protesters from the middle class and from the new young generation. There is also a large municipality that witnessed protests with a more material and symbolic nature,........

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