Protesters staged a demonstration in the courtyard of Jordan Hospital, near Fourth Circle, in Amman on the night (local time) of Thursday, January 31, to demand political and economic reforms. Similar protests are to be expected in the capital over the coming weeks. 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 since December 13 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. Security forces clashed with protesters during previous protests, using tear gas to disperse crowds. Organizers have indicated demonstrations will continue until the new legislative measures and reforms are reversed.
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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