Saddam Hussein’s oldest daughter Raghad Hussein respectfully joined protesters in the Jordanian capital Amman as it grew.
Hundreds of protesters in Amman that included Islamists joined in the protest staged by the Professional Associations which is a group of unions for doctors, engineers and lawyers. The protesters carried pictures of Saddam and chanted anti-American and pro-Saddam slogans according to reports accusing the two countries of plotting a conspiracy to dismantle Iraq and other Arab states. The Arab world is stated to may have hailed Saddam for his tough political stance toward the U.S.A. and Israel.
Raghad was reported quiet throughout her few minutes of visting and thanked all the participants via a loud speaker for their support before her leave.
“Thank you for your solidarity and backing to the martyr, the Iraqi president,” Raghad said in a brief statement at Jordan’s Professional Associations Complex.
“I want to thank you for this show of support. May God protect you,” she said.
Raghad Hussein fled with her sister and children to Jordan in 2003 which was granted by King Abdullah after the US invasion of Iraq and is known for supervising her father’s legal team for his trials on crimes against humanity. Raghad has been told by Jordanian authorities not to get involved in political activities and has been put on Iraq’s 41 “most wanted” list. Raghad since then has abided by a request not to use Jordan as a platform to make political statements to the media.
Meanwhile dozens of Palestinians held a protest in a Baqaa refugee camp north of Amman which were followed by prayers that mourned the former leader Saddam. Jordanian Saddam supporters have also set up a tent in Karak which welcomed thousands of sympathisers, organisers said.
Saddam Hussein ruled Iraq from 1979 until 2003.