The beginning of April brought rumours of a coup in Jordan. As news slowly came out of the country, another image emerged: That of a ruling family curbing dissent in its own ranks through arrests, and a protest movement
challenging the existing system despite massive repression. It remains unclear what exactly happened, but the Jordanian ruling family has seen tensions
between Abdullah and his half-brother Hamza, ever since the former replaced the latter as his successor. Hamza, now without a path to power, became a major critic of his brothers, building ties to opposition groups. With coup allegations against him, that kind of criticism is now officially impossible - that is, of course, unless ongoing protests
in Jordan become large enough to empower vocal critics.