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Jordan bans Teachers' Syndicate holding press conference

Thousands of Jordanian teachers gather near government headquarters, during a protest demanding a 50% hike in their salaries in Amman, Jordan on September 05, 2019 [Laith Joneidi / Anadolu Agency]
Thousands of Jordanian teachers gather near government headquarters, during a protest in Amman, Jordan on 5 September 2019 [Laith Joneidi / Anadolu Agency]

The governor of the Jordanian capital Amman, Yasser Al-Adwan, prevented the Teachers' Syndicate from holding a press conference, Arabi21 news site reported.

The site quoted Syndicate member Kifah Abu Farhan as saying that the Professional Syndicates Complex informed the body of Al-Adwan's decision, explaining that the conference was devoted to discussing the issues of provisional teachers, early retirement, arbitrary dismissal and penalties issued against activists.

The head of the Syndicate's legal committee, Basil Al-Hroub, denounced the decision as an "infringement of public liberties, unions and freedom of expression".

Deputy head of the Teachers' Syndicate, Nasser Al-Nawasra, announced on social media that the press conference will be broadcast on Facebook instead.

Last month, a Jordanian court dismissed a lawsuit calling for the body to be dissolved, citing a lack of legal basis and evidence, the union's attorney Bassam Freihat said. He added that another decision is expected.

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