Demonstrators are expected to gather near Fourth Circle in Amman on Thursday, February 21, to participate in a weekly protest denouncing government economic policies and perceived corruption and demanding political and economic reforms. A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are possible near the protest site. Similar protests are to be anticipated 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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