Jordanians take to streets in Zarqa, Karak to protest price hike

Jordan

Published: 2018-03-17 10:34

Last Updated: 2018-03-17 11:12


Protesters in Zarqa demanding cut in prices. (Roya)
Protesters in Zarqa demanding cut in prices. (Roya)
Roya News Source

In Karak, Jordanian activists, unionists and party members took part in a protest that kicked off after Friday prayers yesterday to demonstrate the latest hike in prices that included foodstuffs and lift bread subsidies.

Gathering outside the Omari Mosque, protesters demanded overthrowing the current government - headed by Prime Minister Hani Mulki - and demanded forming a salvation government.

Protesters also called for the release of all detainees in Jordan, however, they did not specify the type of detainees they were referring to. They also stressed the kingdom’s need to be politically and economically liberalized from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Images credits for Roya's reporters in Karak

A similar scene took place in Zarqa, where dozens of activists and unionists took part in a protest that kicked off from Omar ibn al-Khattab Mosque after Friday prayers, to protest the government’s latest policies.

Demonstrators demanded that the government slashes prices, while urging them to stop using Jordanians’ money to fix the country’s budget deficit.

Also in Zarqa, dozens of representatives of the Beni Hasan tribe took part in a protest that called for overthrowing the government and the Lower House. They also demanded that the government cuts commodities’ prices.

Images credits for Roya's reporters in Zarqa

Several rallies have been taking place in Jordan every Friday to protest the government’s latest “economic reforms,” which came into effect in January and included raising the prices of bread, fuel, cigarettes and other commodities.

On the other hand, last week Prime Minister Hani Al Mulki defended the government’s latest reforms, by reiterating that the measures taken by his government aim to guarantee a better life for youth.

Mulki said that Jordanians have the ability to overcome difficulties and praised citizens who make sacrifices to benefit their country. He also called on citizens to “cut their expenditures for the good of the nation.”