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Ramadan controversy over public eating resurfaces in Jordan

Arrests in Jordan for eating in public during the Ramadan fast have sparked debate over the country's constitution and legality to carry out the crackdown.
Muslim men eat iftar, or the evening meal, to break fast, at Tkiyet Um Ali, a humanitarian services center, in Amman, Jordan, June 15, 2016. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed  - RTX2GGA9
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AMMAN, Jordan — The Jordanian security forces’ raid on a restaurant on June 2 in the town of Naour has sparked debate over whether Jordan is an Islamic state or a “civil state” based on the rule of law. The restaurant, Buzz, was raided for serving food to students from the German Jordanian University during the holy month of Ramadan.

Acting on the orders of Jamal al-Fayez, an administrative governor, the security forces arrested the owners of the establishment, located 12 miles south Amman, and kicked the students out, raising the issue of the freedom to eat in public during Ramadan.

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