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In Jordan's Tafilah, Demands Escalate for King’s Downfall

Tafilah, a small tribal mountain city south of Jordan's capital of Amman, would not seem to be a vanguard for change in Jordan — but it is.

Last Friday, a crowd of men set off from the local mosque in the small southwestern city of Tafilah to deliver a gift to the chief of the secret police at his office on the other side of town.

“It's a woman's dress,” explained Majdi al-Qabalin with a twinkle in his eye, “because he's a coward.” Along the way, they called out chants addressing King Abdullah II: “You saw what happened to Mubarak, Qaddafi and Ben Ali,” they cried. “No to Abdullah, no to Hussein!”

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