Jordan arrests 12 activists for insulting king

AP News
Posted: Mar 31, 2012 3:29 PM
Jordan arrests 12 activists for insulting king

A Jordanian police official says 12 activists have been arrested for insulting the country's King Abdullah II in a rally in the capital.

The official says the 12 _ 11 men and one woman _ are also being questioned for disturbing public order by blocking traffic in a key area of Amman near the prime minister's office and foreign diplomatic missions.

The 12 were among 100 protesters demanding the release of two dozen other activists charged with inciting violent riots in the south of the country earlier this month.

A police statement said Saturday the government condones peaceful protests, but will "deal firmly" with violators of the law.

The official insisted on anonymity because he is not allowed to comment on an ongoing investigation.