Thousands of Jordanian teachers held a protest in the capital Ammans demanding higher wages. According to the organizers of the demonstration, the government has not yet achieved a 50% increase in wages, agreed in 2014.
During the protest clashes with the police were recorded.
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Security forces blocked roads and prevented the protesters from reaching the prime minister’s office. The teachers gathered in different areas, chanting anti-government slogans and calling for an open-ended sit-in.
Organizers had called on teachers in other cities to protest at their schools if security forces prevented them from traveling to Amman.
The government says it is committed to dialogue with the teachers but that classes should not be interrupted and performance must improve. The Education Ministry says a 50% salary increase would cost nearly $160 million per year.