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>> Many young Jordanians are getting their first taste of political protest. They spent their teenage years watching the Arab spring uprising sweep the region in 2011. Jordan escaped relatively unscathed, reserving scenes like these for neighboring countries. But seven years later, they want their voices heard in the biggest protest Jordan has seen in years.
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>> There is a wave of change, especially in young people, who, in the age of Internet, it's very really easy, and to see how stuff are changing, or to get influenced and excited.>> Many young Jordanians say these protests show they're more politically aware than other generations and aren't afraid to show it.
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Reuters' Ellen Francis is at a protest in Amman.>> Price rises have brought thousands of people in Jordan to the streets every night since last week in the country's largest protest in years. The people are demanding an end to tax hikes. They accuse the government's economic policies of hitting the poor and squeezing the middle class.
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They say it's gotten much harder in recent years to pay their bills and find jobs. And these latest taxes are the last straw. We're near the cabinet office right now, and tonight's protest, like in recent days, has attracted a lot of young Jordanians, students, fresh graduates, and young workers.
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>> The US ally has navigated years of instability at its borders. King Abdullah, widely seen as a unifying force, is trying to defuse public anger, accepting the prime minister's resignation and appointing another to head a new government. The Kingdom's unions pressed ahead with a strike Wednesday.>>
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>> The many rallying on the street, they say their problems won't end with just a change in leadership.