“All we want is reform within the regime. This is what the people want,” said Islamic supremacist leader Zaki Bani Rsheid. The kind of “reform” he has in mind probably runs along traditional Sharia lines.
Leftist/Islamic Supremacist Alliance Update: “Islamists lead thousands in ‘reform’ demonstration,” by Mohammad Ben Hussein for the Jordan Times, March 6:
AMMAN – Thousands of Islamists and leftists demonstrated in downtown Amman on Friday, renewing their calls for political reform.
During the protest, which started after Friday prayers, nearly 5,000 activists called for the dissolution of Parliament and early polls under a new elections law.
The protest was held in the absence of five opposition parties, which pulled out of weekly demonstrations in order to take part in a reform “dialogue” with the government and various segments of society.
Leaders of the Islamic Action Front (IAF), the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, said they pushed ahead with the protest in order to encourage “regime reform”.
“All we want is reform within the regime. This is what the people want,” Islamist leader Zaki Bani Rsheid told the Jordan Times.
IAF Secretary General Hamzah Mansour said the protests are part of efforts by the Islamist movement to press for reforms after “nearly losing faith” in dialogue with the government.
Early last month, the movement suspended its participation in nationwide protests after the appointment of Marouf Bakhit as prime minister in order to give the government an opportunity to follow through on its reform pledges.
“Now we will not stop until changes have been made,” Mansour said, claiming that the current Parliament “does not represent Jordanians”.
Meanwhile, a group of 50 counter-protesters with unknown political affiliations marched ahead of the Islamists carrying banners bearing the image of His Majesty King Abdullah and chanting pro-government slogans.
Dozens of police officers separated the two rallies, which ended peacefully.
Islamist activists complained that the rival rally was allowed to proceed in front of the opposition protest, describing the move as an act of “intimidation”….