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19 Dec 2018 | 11:00 AM UTC

Jordan: Anti-tax protests possible in Amman Dec. 20 /update 9

Jordan News Alert

Protests over economic and political situation possible in Amman on December 20; associated disruptions and potential clashes expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/19/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/20/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Amman). COUNTRY/REGION Amman

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Further protests are expected in the capital Amman in the coming days, notably on Thursday, December 20, to denounce current economic policies, and demand new political reforms. Protesters are likely to gather in the Fourth Circle in the Zahran district, should a demonstration take place. Associated transportation disruption, along with heightened security measures, are expected in the vicinity of any demonstration. Clashes between protesters and police forces cannot be ruled out.


A related protest took place on December 13 in Amman, and resulted in clashes between protesters and security forces.

Protests have been held every Thursday over the past two weeks to denounce IMF-backed austerity measures, a cybercrime law, and current economic and political policies. 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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