Jordan sees largest anti-government protests in years

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Jordan sees largest anti-government protests in years

Jordan's senate met on Sunday for a special session after another night protests across the country against IMF-backed austerity measures, including a draft income tax law and price hikes.

About 3,000 people faced down a heavy security presence to gather near the prime minister's office in Amman in the early hours of Sunday, waving Jordanian flags and signs reading 'we will not kneel'.

Protests have gripped the country since Wednesday when hundreds responding to a call by trade unions, flooded the streets of Amman and other cities to demand the fall of the government.

Demonstrators tussled with security forces. In another part of the city, security forces used tear gas to prevent hundreds of demonstrators from joining the rally near Prime Minister Hani Mulki's office, Jordanian news websites reported.