Protests in Jordan

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Early days yet but these protests are potentially significant not least for imperialism in the region. Al-jazeerah reports this morning that demonstrations have been building up in the provinces for at least the last three months where they have been going on on a daily basis. Saudi Arabia has cut its subsidies to the country and further austerity is the answer as everywhere. There's a danger as seeing these protests, as the left probably will,as "anti-IMF" but they are more profound than that involving all sectors of the oppressed including refugees, men and women and different reglions. The unions have called a one-day strike and in the mass demonstrations in Amman, I only saw one Jordanian flag. Amman is central to US and British policy in the Middle East.

"Hours after the launch of

"Hours after the launch of the general strike on Wednesday, Ali al-Ubous, head of the umbrella of unions, announced that the syndicates would be holding off on striking from now on in a bid to give the new government an opportunity to revise the proposed law.

His remarks were met with anger and frustration, Aroub Soubh - a Jordanian journalist and activist who was at the scene - said.

"People lost their cool, they started chanting and didn't give al-Ubous a chance to finish speaking," al-Soubh told Al Jazeera.

"They vowed to return to the streets and protest tonight," she said from the protest site in Amman.

Trade unions representing doctors, lawyers, engineers, journalists, teachers and others are participating in the strike.". Al-jazeera today.

There are many youngsters involved in this movement and they have been careful not to get into unnecessary confrontations with the forces of repression. The unions seem to be trying to keep workers away from the youth movement, many of whom are unemployed. The tax increases don't affect the lower paid workers but they are agitating for an increase in the minimum wage along with other demands.