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Detained Jordanian teachers freed amid economic strife

The lawyer for the Teachers Syndicate recently told Al-Monitor the government used virus-related laws to silence the group, which is critical of the economic situation in Jordan.

Members of Jordan’s Teachers Syndicate have been released from government detention following an outcry. Many criticized the crackdown on the large labor union, saying it stifled expression regarding the poor economic situation in Jordan following harsh anti-coronavirus measures.

The Jordanian government closed the syndicate on July 25. The group has 140,000 members, making it the largest labor union in Jordan. The government also detained its leadership council and more than 1,000 protesters who demonstrated against the decision, the syndicate’s lawyer, Bassem Frehat, told Al-Monitor.

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