The City & My Life|AFP – An angry crowd protesting the death of a man allegedly at the hands of police went on the rampage in Amman Sunday, burning and damaging cars and buildings and injuring six policemen, police said.
Anti-riot forces retaliated by firing teargas at the demonstrators, who had gathered in their hundreds in the Tafayeleh district of eastern Amman, Lieutenant Colonel Ahmad Abu Hammad of the public security department told AFP.
“Police fired teargas to disperse protesters. Four policemen were shot and injured by the protesters, while two others were injured by stone-throwers in the clashes,” said Hammad.
“Protesters set fire to a police booth, a civil defence vehicle and a car. They also damaged six shops,” he added.
Another security official said no arrests were made and none of the demonstrators was hurt.
The protest was sparked by the death on Sunday of Sadem Saud, 20, who was already declared clinically dead last month after allegedly being beaten up and detained by police following a brawl.
“We are currently performing an autopsy to discover the cause of death Sadem Saud,” a security official said.
A source close to Saud’s family said relatives blame police for the death.
“His family refuses to bury him until police find the perpetrators because they are convinced that police killed their son. They have demanded the resignation of Interior Minister Nayef Qadi,” said the source.
The public security department has denied the accusations.