In London on Friday (September 18), a group of 25 Arab students marched into the Jordanian Embassy.
In London on Friday (September 18), a group of 25 Arab students marched into the Jordanian Embassy. The students described their gesture as a preliminary protest against what they called the "criminal fascist regime" in Jordan.
The students waved flags and placards, and police made no serious effort to stop them from entering the embassy. Once inside, they were received by the ambassador, Mr. Saad Juma. An embassy spokesman said they had discussed the situation in Jordan, and that after the talks the demonstrators had been given permission to remain in the embassy.
After the sit-in had lasted five hours, the embassy called in the police to evict the demonstrators. A few students went quietly, some stopped to argue with police, and others left the building by any exit available. There were no reports of any serious trouble or any arrests made, but later in the evening the Union of Arab Students complained of police brutality.
One of the student leaders issued a statement of purpose to the press:
An embassy official gave his reaction to the demonstrators: