A protest was reportedly held amid a heightened security presence in the courtyard of Jordan Hospital in Amman, near Fourth Circle, on the evening (local time) of Thursday, February 14. Demonstrators denounced government economic policies and perceived corruption, and demanded political and economic reforms. Similar protests are to be expected near Fourth Circle in Amman on Thursdays over the coming weeks.
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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