The 1996 Jordanian protests
: انتفاضة 1996 في الأردن) was mass protests and riots in Jordan
for 2-4 weeks in August-September against new International Monetary Fund
-led reforms, leading to bread-price hikes and despite economic troubles, the government of Abdul Karim Kabariti
increased food prices and basic good prices hiked, sparking rioting in Karak
and spread to Ma’an, Zarqa
and other southern cities, where poverty is high.
Poor and Middle class-led protests erupted throughout the nation as countrywide rioting had turned into an opposition and unprecedented wave of political tensions and popular uprising. The unrest called for the government to step down and the new IMF
measures to be withdrawn. The protests would be the bloodiest and deadliest wave of anti-government violence and sustained strikes since the 1989 Jordanian protests
, when 32 were killed during food riots.
After weeks of protests by thousands of civilians the deaths of 3 protesters, the prices of Grain
and fodder decreased and the government made concessions with protesters, decreasing IMF-led programs and reforms. The Intifada
’s main demands was for the government to resign, better conditions, withdrawal of austerity measures and food prices programs despite shortages and half of their demands was met.
- ^ "Food Riots". The Victoria Advocate. 1996-08-23. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
- ^ "Bread Riots in Jordan". MERIP. Winter 1996.
- ^ "In Jordan, Bread-Price Protests Signal Deep Anger". NewYorkTimes. August 21, 1996.
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