AMMAN –– Thousands of Islamists are currently demonstrating in downtown Amman, near the Husseini Mosque demanding more political reforms.

Initial estimates put the number of protesters at around 15,000.

The protest was organised to call for a better elections law, more constitutional amendments and effective anti-corruption efforts.

The rally is being held amid heavy presence of security personnel.

Over 1,000 police officers were deployed in central Amman to protect demonstrators, according to the government.

Earlier in the day police said they arrested eight people carrying knives while heading to downtown Amman.

On Thursday, activists from a rival group, calling itself the “loyalist camp,” suspended a rally that was planned for Friday in the same location amid rising fears of potential clashes between participants and those of the Islamist protest.