Jordanian protesters have held an anti-US rally in the capital, criticizing Washington’s interference in the country’s reform movement.Burning a US flag and chanting anti-US slogans, protesters on Friday accused the US of meddling in their government’s policies and trying to direct and influence the protest movement in Jordan. The anti-US protest rally was held in response to efforts by American diplomats to meet and advise anti-government activists and remarks made by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in praise of reform efforts by Jordan.
“We don’t need Washington’s help and we don’t take orders from you,” the Associated Press quoted activist Mohannad Safiin as saying. “These are our protests. Keep out of our business. For years, the US government supported these same Arab regimes which have killed our own people,” he added.They also called for freedom of press and condemned the government’s “oppression” and “terrorizing” of the media a week after several journalists were beaten up by police as they tried to cover an anti-government sit-in in Amman. Similar protest rallies were also held in several other cities.