More than fifty Jordanian students and workers staged a demonstrations outside the Jordanian Embassy in West Beirut on Wednesday (26 November).
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SV Students in street and guards tearing down posters
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Background: More than fifty Jordanian students and workers staged a demonstrations outside the Jordanian Embassy in West Beirut on Wednesday (26 November). They were protesting against the Arab summit conference which took place in Amman this week, and carried placards calling for the release of political prisoners.
SYNOPSIS: Lebanon was one of five member states who, together with Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) delegation, boycotted the Arab League summit. Their appeal for the conference to be postponed because of serious inter-Arab conflicts, was rejected by a preparatory Ministerial session. King Hussein of Jordan was on e of the Arab leaders who argued most strongly that the conference should be held on schedule for the sake of Arab unity.
At Wednesday's demonstration, speakers condemned Jordan's support of the Iraqi offensive against Iran, and accused King Hussein of plotting against the PLO. On thursday (27 November), the Summit passed a resolution reaffirming their continued support for the PLO, and pledging their continued efforts to destroy the U.S. sponsored Camp David accords. But some League members, notably Syria, have expressed anxiety that King Hussein's close ties with the West might eventually lead him to become involved in the Egyptian custodian of the Israel-occupied West Bank, King Hussein in vitally important to the struggle for Palestinian national rights, and his defection would be a serve blow to the Arab cause.
The demonstrators also alleged a number of political dissidents in Amman had been arrested and were being held without trail. They claimed six political prisoners in Jordan had been sentenced to death, and called for a reprieve of their sentences. Some of those who took part in the protest claimed they had been forced to leave their homeland for political reasons.