It was 65 degrees and sunny, a refreshing change of pace from last week’s snowfall, but the atmosphere was anything but joyful as hundreds of Jordanians gathered in Amman to protest their government’s recent gas deal with Israel.
Shouting “the enemy’s gas is occupation,” the protest began around 12:30 PM at The Professional Associations Complex. It then made its way to the office of the Prime Minister, and finally culminated after 90 minutes of banner waving, shouting, marching and other means of peaceful protest.
The protesters additionally cried “we don’t want Israel’s gas” and “the people want the fall of the gas deal,” echoing the famous “the people want the fall of the regime” slogan of the Arab Spring. Their demands were directed at the Jordanian government, who they referred to repeatedly.
Members of Jordan BDS, various leftist parties and others were in attendance, and were accompanied by a substantial police presence.
The gas deal will not be an easy pill to swallow for Jordan, as popular discontent looms over it.