King Abdullah II is reportedly facing an unusual surge of domestic criticism for various laws and policies implemented by his appointed government over the past few months. Jordanians are being uncharacteristically blunt and open with their criticisms of Abdullah, the government and the “system,” a euphemism commonly used in Jordan to refer to the king, the Washington Post notes. The past few weeks have seen retired military officers, teachers, journalists and government workers publicly criticizing various laws and policies, including subsidy cuts, privatization and a cyberspace law that several experts have said could be used to harass online media. Some of the protesters have been arrested and fined. Jordanian law forbids criticism of the king; violations are punishable by up to three years worth of jail time, according to the Post.

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