Fourth Circle protest against Income Tax Bill

Jordan

Published: 2018-09-28 21:53

Last Updated: 2021-09-15 23:18


A scene from the protest
A scene from the protest

Dozens of citizens held a protest near the fourth circle in Amman on Friday, September 28, 2018.

The protesters demanded the immediate withdrawal of the Income Tax Bill (ITB) and a change in the government's financial and economical approach.

"This is only the beginning of a confrontation against the government and its insistence on its approach," said the Deputy Secretary-General of the Jordanian Democratic People's Party, Adnan Khalifah.

"The movement that overthrew the Mulki government began with minimal numbers, but the concerns of the people united them towards a singular goal,” Khalifah added.

The protesters perceive the amendments proposed in the Tax Bill as negative. They consider it “unfair” and serves the capital market sector and the ones who are relatively privileged, for the amount tax on banks, financial companies, and companies in general got actually reduced from 45% to 35%.

Last June, the fourth circle has witnessed massive protests against the previously-amended Income Tax. The protests at that time have lasted for days and resulted in the resignation of the former Prime Minister Hani Mulki and his Cabinet.