May 4th, 2010
03:36 PM ET

Clashes between protesters, riot police play out on Twitter

Riot police line up in downtown Amman after a protest got out of hand.

The Jordanian Twittersphere was abuzz Tuesday with news of a protest in downtown Amman - local citizen journalists reported street closures, crowds, and rumors of tear gas deployment and even death.

Amateur video posted on YouTube showed a police outpost in flames in the Jordanian capital Amman.

And the clashes between protesters and riot police resulted in the death of one protester and the injury of several others, according to Jordanian media reports.

Public Security Directorate Spokesperson Mohammed Al-Khatib told Ammon News that the flare-up began when security forces with a warrant went to search a man’s home for drugs. According to al-Khatib, when the police entered the home, they were attacked by the occupants and a fight broke out resulting in the death of one man - Abdul Salam Mthari.