Activists are planning to stage an anti-government protest in Amman at 17:00 (local time) on Thursday, December 6, to denounce a recently passed and IMF-backed income tax law and to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz. A heightened security presence has been reported near 4th Circle, where the demonstration is slated to take place; associated traffic disruptions are to be anticipated in the area.
Confrontations between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out. Similar protests are possible in Amman and other cities over the coming days.
Critics have claimed that the IMF-backed austerity measures will exacerbate economic inequality in Jordan and disproportionately impact the lower and middle classes.
A wave of nationwide protests took place in late May and early June to denounce IMF-backed austerity measures - including tax and price hikes - aimed at reducing the country's debt. Dozens of people were wounded and arrested in the demonstrations, which prompted King Abdullah II to ask for the resignation of then-Prime Minister Hani Mulki.
Individuals in Jordan, particularly those in Amman, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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