Jordan: Amman residents celebrate Independence Day despite coronavirus threat

Amman residents turned out in large numbers to celebrate Jordan's Independence Day on Monday. Many people taking part in fesitvities prefered to stay in their cars as coronavirus remains a threat. Military vehicles passed through the city for a parade as residents took to their balconies to show their love for their country. A group of military jets passed over head to mark the occasion. «Jordanians celebrate every year, and on every Eid, regardless of the country's circumstances, conditions, whether global conditions or inside Jordan. Today is the celebration of Independence Day, where this thing is indispensable, and Independence Day in Jordan is a different celebration from the other countries,» said Ahmed Badr, an Amman resident. Many appeared unconcerned with coronavirus, with groups of people without face masks watching decorated cars roll through the streets. «Of course this is the love of a homeland, for decades, and nothing in the world from coronavirus and others prevents us from celebrating and I offer my regards to the Jordanian Minister of Health Saad Jaber because he did not shorten [celebrations],» said another resident. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, previously known as Transjordan, was under British control at the conclusion of World War One, and was granted its independence in 1946 as a result of the Treaty of London.

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