Protests this week included a taxi driver who threatened to light himself on fire over a parking ticket and a group of elementary school children who staged a sit-in opposing their principal. I'm thinking of protesting for something, too; I just have to think of what I most want from the Jordanian government. More parking lots? Fewer feral cats?
GAM to provide electricity, water to outlying villages
AMMAN (Petra) - The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) will provide water and electricity to the villages of Abu Sayah, Khaled Ibn Al Waleed, Wadi Al Qetar, Mugheirat, Hazaa and Baidaa, Amman Mayor Omar Maani said on Tuesday. During a meeting with local residents, he emphasised the government’s commitment to develop infrastructure services in the greater Amman area. On Monday, the villagers staged a sit-in to protest against road conditions and poor electricity and water services.
ASEZA, GAM employees end protests
AMMAN (JT) - Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) employees ended their sit-in on Monday after several meetings with Amman Mayor Omar Maani, during which he promised to study their demands, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. Hundreds of employees staged a sit-in outside GAM headquarters on Sunday demanding higher salaries and a probe into alleged corruption at the municipality. Some 300 employees, who vowed to continue their demonstration daily until their demands were met, called on the mayor to hire all day labourers as full-time employees and to reconsider the municipality's spending priorities. Also on Monday, Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) day labourers ended a protest after the authority decided to appoint them as full-time employees. ASEZA Chief Commissioner Mohammad Saqr said the authority will study all the protesters' demands. Around 200 day labourers had staged a sit-in on Sunday and Monday in front of the ASEZA headquarters calling for higher salaries.