Jordanians protest against AFP

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Around 100 young Jordanians led by an MP staged a sit-in on Sunday outside the French embassy to protest against AFP, four days after an attack on the news agency's office in Amman.

"We demand the closure of AFP's office. We demand a (military) state security court trial for (bureau chief) Randa Habib. We want her expelled," read banners carried by demonstrators led by MP Yehia Saud of the southern city of Tafileh.

The protesters said they were "outraged at the government's attitude" in condemning an attack by 10 men on AFP's offices on Wednesday, when windows, furniture and equipment were destroyed.

They demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Maaruf Bakhit and Information Minister Taher Adwan "for condemning the attack."

Saud handed in a letter of protest to the embassy.

On Monday, AFP quoted a security official as saying that "(the rear) part of King Abdullah's motorcade was attacked with stones and empty bottles by a group of men in their 20s and 30s after the king's car entered Tafileh."

Other international media carried similar stories about the incident.

The reports were vigorously denied by the palace, government officials and MPs from the city.

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