Jordan protests - AP - Jan 29, 2011
Jordanian protesters shout anti-government slogans during a demonstration at the Prime Minister office, in Amman, Jordan, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. Photo by AP
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Clashes erupted in Jordan's capital between government supporters and opponents at a protest calling for more public freedom and lower food prices.

Police peacefully separated the groups and no injuries were reported.

It was the seventh straight Friday that Jordanians took to the streets to demand more say in decision-making, inspired by uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.

The Amman protest drew about 2,000 people, many affiliated with hard-line Muslim fundamentalists opposed to Jordan's moderate policies of a free-market economy and cordial relations with the U.S. and Israel.

About 100 government supporters trailed the protesters, chanting: Our blood and souls, we sacrifice for you Abu Hussein - a reference to Jordan's King
Abdullah II.

Earlier this month, Jordan's King Abdullah sacked his government in the wake of street protests, asking his former ex-military adviser Marouf Bakhit to form a new cabinet.

King Abdullah's move came after thousands of Jordanians took to the streets - inspired by the regime ouster in Tunisia and the turmoil in Egypt - and called for the resignation of Prime Minister Samir Rifai who is blamed for a rise in fuel and food prices and slowed political reforms.

Many Jordanians hold successive governments responsible for a prolonged recession and rising public debt that hit a record $15 billion this year in one of the Arab world's smallest economies, heavily dependent on foreign aid.