Jordanian police clash with protesters over union crackdown

  • Wednesday 05, August 2020 07:12 AM
  • Jordanian police clash with protesters over union crackdown
Sharjah24 – Reuters: Jordanian security forces on Tuesday used tear gas to disperse stone-throwing demonstrators it blamed for disrupting public services during a protest demanding the release of leaders of the opposition-run teachers union, state media said.
A government source said seven security forces were injured in the protest in the southern city of Karak, with violence breaking out for the first time in an escalating crisis between the authorities and the union that has become a leading source of dissent.

The government on July 25 closed the offices of the 100,000 strong union and suspended its activity for two years.

The union went on strike last year, shutting down schools across Jordan for a month in one of the longest and most disruptive public sector strikes in the country's history.

In recent weeks its leadership has accused the government of failing to honour a deal signed last October that ended the strike.