One of many Demonstrations in Jordan yesterday Jordan's teachers took part in a general strike yesterday against rising prices - in particular for fuel The Jordanian government has removed subsidies for fuel, which has seen the price of cooking and heating fuel rising by 54%. This is part of the deal it has done with the International Monetary Fund, in order to secure a loan. The IMF has insisted on similar attacks on living standards in many other countries, with disastrous effects. The teachers' strike is part of a general uprising in Jordan, caused by poverty and the recent price rise announcement. As soon as the fuel rises were announced on the television, thousands of Jordanians poured onto the streets and attacked government offices. One civil servant said of the King - ‘‘He can’t feel our pain. ... He is watching the government raising the prices, while the people are barely able to feed their hungry children.’’ Criticising the king is illegal in Jordan - punishable by up to three years in jail.  Jordan is yet another undemocratic and key ally of the US and the West in propping up its strategic interests in the Middle East. The teachers themselves have faced a long and uphill struggle just to form an independent union. Last February, teachers took part in two weeks of strikes and protests alongside tenants, demanding economic justice and a living wage. During that struggle they were subjected to harrassment by state officials. Their cause had huge support from pro-democracy forces however - one youth leader said: “There are over 150,000 teachers across the country who are struggling to make ends meet. Education is a service for all Jordanians, which makes the teachers’ cause a national cause and one that has been a priority for the pro-reform movement since day one.” Now the teachers are once again in the forefront of the struggle for democracy and social justice in Jordan.