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Jordan becoming stricter with Islamists?

April 11, 2006 at 6:52 AM

AMMAN, Jordan, April 11 (UPI) -- Jordanian authorities have barred Islamists from organizing a rally on the occasion of Prophet Mohammed's birth for the second time in a week.

The government appears to have observed a stricter attitude towards the Islamic Action Front (IAF), the political wing of Jordan's tolerated Moslem Brotherhood Organization, since its Palestinian counterpart Hamas won a landslide victory in the occupied territories last January and formed the new Palestinian government.

The IAF said in a statement Tuesday that the party's female committee decided to hold a religious rally to mark the Prophet's birthday and presented a request in that regard to the administrative ruler of Amman Saad Manaseer, who replied negatively without justifying the refusal.

Manaseer also refused last week to allow the Islamists to organize a rally in one of Amman's squares, again to mark the occasion of the Prophet's birthday.

Under Jordan's law of public gatherings of 2001, rallies, strikes, demonstrations and any other type of public manifestations should be approved in advance by the relevant authorities.

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