Hundreds of people staged a protest amid a heightened security presence in Amman on Thursday, December 13, denouncing IMF-backed austerity measures and a cybercrime law and demanding economic and political reform. Security forces reportedly attempted to prevent the demonstrators from reaching 4th Circle, firing tear gas to disperse the protesters; at least four members of the security forces were wounded in the altercation.
Similar protests are possible in Amman and other cities over the coming days. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.
Critics have claimed that the IMF-backed austerity measures, including a recently passed income tax law, 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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