A general strike is taking place in Jordan on Wednesday, June 6, amid a larger protest movement to denounce a government plan to increase taxes and implement austerity measures. A number of unions have decided to take part despite the June 4 resignation of the country’s prime minister. However, the strike is not reportedly having a major impact on daily life, although a number of shops and pharmacies have closed in the capital Amman and a protest by hospital employees has been reported. Other protests are likely throughout the day in Amman. A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be expected near any protests.
The ongoing wave of protests, launched last week, has resulted in some clashes, leading to injuries and arrests. The International Monetary Fund (IMF)-backed measures are part of a three-year initiative aimed at reducing the country's debt, which remains at 95 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).
Individuals in Jordan, particularly 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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