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Jordan protesters call for 'downfall of the regime'

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Protesters from the Islamic Action Front and other opposition parties shout slogans during a demonstration following an announcement that Jordan would raise fuel prices, including a hike on cooking gas, after Friday prayers in Amman, Nov. 16, 2012.

Muhammad Hamed / Reuters

Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration in Amman, Nov. 16.

Reuters reports — Thousands of demonstrators chanted the Arab Spring slogan "the people want the downfall of the regime" in Jordan on Friday, although a day billed as the culmination of three days of occasionally violent protests passed off largely in peace.

The staunch U.S. ally has so far largely avoided the street unrest that has swept across the Middle East over the past two years, but a decision this week to raise fuel prices led to demonstrations that raised the specter of long-term instability.

The mainly urban Muslim Brotherhood announced on Friday it was joining the protests, lending the voice of the country's largest opposition movement to demonstrations which had previously mainly been focused on rural and tribal areas. Full story…

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Anti-riot policemen, left, clash with Jordanian demonstrators during a protest in Amman, Jordan, Nov. 16.

Muhammad Hamed / Reuters

Protesters from the Islamic Action Front and other opposition parties shout slogans during a demonstration following an announcement that Jordan would raise fuel prices, including a hike on cooking gas, after Friday prayers in Amman, Nov. 16.

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Protesters at al Baqaa Palestinian Refugee Camp chant anti-king Abdullah slogans during a demonstration following an announcement of raising fuel prices, including a hike on cooking gas, in Baqaa, Jordan, Nov. 15.