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Marches against price hikes continue across Kingdom

By JT - Feb 25,2018 - Last updated at Feb 25,2018

AMMAN — Citizens in Maan, Karak and Salt staged rallies and sits-in on Friday to protest against the recent government decisions to increase prices, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Staging a rally following Friday prayer, demonstrators in Maan Governorate, some 220km south of Amman, called for easing citizens’ financial burdens, improving health services, achieving sustainable development and creating job opportunities for youth, Petra reported. 

In Karak’s Mazar District, protesters expressed their rejection of price hikes in a sit-in they staged after Friday prayer, calling for reversing the decision which, they chanted, “touches basic commodities essential for the low-income segments,” Petra said.

Citizens have also staged similar rallies and sits-in last week in Amman and other regions to protest against the recent government decisions.

They also called for finding other alternatives to support the national economy and address the budget deficit rather than “resorting to citizens’ pockets”.

They expressed their rejection of the rise in bread prices and the new taxes imposed on basic commodities.

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YES, IT IS VERY CLEAR WHY THES MARCHES HAS CONTINUED BUT THE GOVERNMENT HAS REACTED TO MAKE CHANGES. IN MY OPINION, I THEREFORE THINK THAT THESE MARCHES AND PROTESTS CAN NOW TAKE A BREAK TO GIVE THE NEW RECONSTITUTED CARBINATE A CHANCE TO CONSIDER ALL THE CHANGES NOW, PAST AND THE FUTURE. THE PUBLIC NOW CAN FOCUS ON A WAY TO OFFER THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE NEW TEAM BY EXPRESSING THEIR WISHES BY PHONE CALLS, NEWS PAPER DEBATES AND SOCIAL MEDIA WITHOUT FOCUSING ON THE PAST BUT WITH HOPES FOR A BETTER FUTURE.

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