Civil society groups called for further demonstrations to be held in Amman on Thursday, December 27, to denounce current economic and fiscal policies and demand political reforms. Demonstrators are expected to gather in the Fourth Circle beginning around 17:00 (local time). Associated transportation disruptions, along with heightened security measures, are expected in the vicinity of any demonstration. Clashes between protesters and police forces cannot be ruled out.
Protests have been held every Thursday over the past 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.
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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