Jordanian writers end open strike
Jordan, Politics, 8/18/1999
The Jordanian writers have ended their open hunger strike which lasted for 16 days after the Jordanian government responded to their demands.
The Jordanian writers had announced their strike in objection to unemployment in their ranks and over the general cultural policy as well as alienating views that go against the ruling system from various cultural positions.
The chairman of the Jordanian Writers League, Fakhri Qawar said in a press conference he held in Amman on Tuesday that the Jordanian government has responded to the demands raised by the writers through enrolling all the unemployed according to a timetable that will be completed within two months from now.
Qawar indicated the vast popular turnout by all social strata of Jordanian society and by Arab writers and organizations concerned with the striking writers.
In a statement circulated at the Monday press conference, the Jordanian Writers League said, "The league which had previously confronted the battle of normalization did not hesitate to withstand the fight of unemployment and self expression."
On Sunday, the Jordanian minister of information and culture announced that the Jordanian government is serious about settling the problems of the striking Jordanian writers, noting that all of them will be recruited in the state's establishments in a limited period of time.
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