As Middle East protests go, it was hardly a blip on the radar screen: 2,000 people staged a rally in downtown Amman Friday to protest the cutting of fuel subsidies earlier in the week. The protest was largely quiet – and the Muslim Brotherhood, the largest and best-organized opposition group, did not participate.
Reporter Paul Westpheling spoke with Middle East correspondent Elizabeth Arrott in Amman, who described the scene:
Meanwhile, Reporter Cecily Hilleary assembled a social stream capturing some moments in the afternoon protest, which ended peacefully. However, anger remains over the rise in fuel prices, and protesters were expected to reassemble at nightfall.
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Cecily began her reporting career in the 1990s, covering US Middle East policy for Dubai-TV English. She has lived and/or worked in the Middle East, North Africa and Gulf regions, consulting and producing for several regional radio and television networks and production houses, including MBC, Al-Arabiya, the former Emirates Media Incorporated and Al-Ikhbaria. She brings to VOA and MEV a keen understanding of the region's top social, cultural and political issues.