Jordan Paragraphs protest leaders of teachers Marriage to prison

Bassam Fraihat explained the court ordered that the syndicate be dissolved. He explained the five, who confront a range of charges, such as incitement to hate and unlawful parties, are appealing the verdict and have been released on bond.

The five were among 13 members of the Teachers Association council that were detained in July after threatening to point new protests within a long-running wages dispute. The arrests put off protests from the capital, Amman, where anti-riot police clashed with protesters and overcome many people with nightclubs, such as an Associated Press reporter. Dozens of protesters were detained.

Amman’s deputy attorney general suspended the 13 members out of the agency and ordered the closure of their syndicate and its branches for a couple of years over corruption and criminal charges. Thursday’s court order, if maintained, would violate the institution.

Jordan is a close Western ally seen as an island of stability in a volatile area.

The Jordanian authorities had agreed to raise teachers’ salaries by 50% following a month-long attack in September 2019. But following constraints linked to the coronavirus outbreak struck on the market, the government stalled the wages hikes, drawing from the educators. They accused the authorities of failing to honor the arrangement.

The government says the wage increase will take effect in January.