Middle East

Jordanian protesters 'beaten' in custody

Jordanians dealing with the aftermath of last month's opposition protests, when hundreds were arrested.
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2012 17:44

More than 200 people have been detained in Jordan after taking part in anti-austerity protests last month.

The protests, which erupted over the price of cooking gas and other basic supplies across the country, were the largest and most sustained to hit Jordan since the start of uprisings in the region nearly two years ago.

Authorities threatened to crack down on those who incite violence during protests with an "iron fist", while opposition groups pledged to continue demonstrations in the kingdom.

Now Jordanians are left to deal with the aftermath of the government response.

Some jailed protesters say they were mistreated while in detention, and the National Centre for Human Rights has issued a report saying that some demonstrators were beaten while in custody.

Al Jazeera's Nisreen El-Shamayleh travelled to Dhiban, south of Amman, to meet the family of a jailed political activist.


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