Jordan: New strikes and protests in Amman

Jordan: New strikes and protests in Amman

The rage remained unstable on Wednesday in Jordan, where many practitioners took part in work stops during the day, and a massive gathering took place in the evening, an indication of the protesters' determination to get the tax bill that had caused the outcry to be withdrawn.


 
For the seventh consecutive night, at least 2,000 people gathered in the center of Amman to protest in the middle of the Raman, a photo-secretary of the French Agency recorded. They chanted slogans such as "bread, freedom, social justice," a Reuters correspondent reported.

There has been a lack of controversy amongst the men of law enforcement and protesters as police officers tried to repel them and prevent them from reaching the headquarters of the government, a correspondent of the French Agency and a correspondent Reuters.

Many protesters fainted.
A policeman suffered a knife injury and was hospitalized in a critical situation, the Jordanian state news agency PETRA reported. The man who stabbed the police officer was arrested.

The resignation on Monday of the Prime Minister of the country and the call by Monarch Abdullah II for a "full review" of the draft income tax bill did not make it possible to alleviate the concerns and protests of tens of thousands of Jordanians.
The main claim of protestors to parliament is to get the draft law into the drawer.

Earlier on Wednesday, in front of the Amman trade unions, about a thousand lawyers, teachers, doctors and pharmacists gathered to protest amid a work stop from 09:00 to 14:00. 

Some protesters had written slogans on placards but also pieces of Arabic pie, such as "corruption = hunger", or "I'm afraid of my future," or "I have no other money." Several of them waved flags of the kingdom.

"This bill is a disaster, it will lead to the insecurity that is left of the middle class," said Tarek, a 45-year-old lawyer, a father of two children.

In his first speech after a new prime minister was appointed on Monday, Omar al-Rajaz promised to conduct a "dialogue" with social actors and "cooperate" with them, while expressing through Twitter the desire to have a "tax system for everyone" .

Jordan's Labor Union Confederation Ally Al-Abu said he intended to "give the government an opportunity" to "form a national debate on the bill." But this statement has sparked strong protests from the protesters, which forced him to end his speech prematurely.

"This is unacceptable! We will not engage in dialogue with the government until it withdraws the bill, "said 27-year-old Saad, a pharmacology student.

Around him the gathered did not hide their anger. They 'sold' our case, the crowd shouted.

The bill in question provides tax increases from 5% to 25% for individuals and employees with annual incomes exceeding 8,000 dinars (about 9,700 euros).

It is part of a series of fiscal adjustment measures based on IMF directives to reduce the public deficit and government debt of around € 31 billion.

According to officials, the government of Harvard's Harvard economist, a former Education minister and former World Bank executive, will ask the IMF for more time to implement the agreed reforms because demonstrations have shown pressure beyond the limits of population resistance there is a risk of instability.

Reforms were pushed forward after 2016, when Jordan secured $ 723 million of credit to stabilize the economy of the country of 10 million.

Following the outbreak of many unexpected demonstrations, the monarch demanded that Hani Moulki submit his resignation as Prime Minister and called on the government to proceed to a "full review" of the tax system and to stop the "unfair imposition" of taxes do not meet the need for "equality" between the social classes.

The Jordanian economy faces great difficulties: the World Bank considers growth prospects in 2018 as "weak", 18.5% of the active population is affected by unemployment, 20% lives on the poverty line. The reception of hundreds of thousands of refugee tugs has made the Amman budget more difficult, and the Chamesian kingdom often seeks more help from the international community to deal with this crisis.


Since January, the prices of basic food products, especially bread, have risen repeatedly, as well as the price of electricity (+ 55%).


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