Jordanians protest IMF-backed austerity measures

Doctors, lawyers and teachers staged a strike across Jordan on Wednesday in protest over IMF-backed austerity measures including a proposed income tax law that have sparked a week of angry demonstrations.

Lawyers in black robes were among more than 1,000 protesters who gathered outside the headquarters of the country’s trade union federation in the capital Amman to demand the government drop the reforms.

Some demonstrators waved Jordanian flags or carried placards reading “I’m afraid for my future” while others held up loaves of flatbread with “corruption = hunger” written on them.

After a week of rallies against reforms backed by the International Monetary Fund, there were few signs that public anger was abating, despite Prime Minister Hani Mulki stepping down and King Abdullah II calling for a full review of the proposed tax law.

If passed, the bill would raise taxes on employees by at least five percent and on companies by between 20 and 40 percent. (AFP)

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<p>Protesters chant slogans and wave flags in front of the Labour Union offices in Amman, Jordan, June 6, 2018. (Photo: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters) </p>
Jordanians protest IMF-backed austerity measures

Protesters chant slogans and wave flags in front of the Labour Union offices in Amman, Jordan, June 6, 2018. (Photo: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters)

<p>Protesters chant slogans as they hold bread in front of the Labour Union offices in Amman, Jordan, June 6, 2018. (Photo: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters) </p>
Jordanians protest IMF-backed austerity measures

Protesters chant slogans as they hold bread in front of the Labour Union offices in Amman, Jordan, June 6, 2018. (Photo: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters)

<p>Protesters are seen gathered in front of the Labour Union offices in Amman, Jordan, June 6, 2018. (Photo: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters) </p>
Jordanians protest IMF-backed austerity measures

Protesters are seen gathered in front of the Labour Union offices in Amman, Jordan, June 6, 2018. (Photo: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters)

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<p>Demonstrators hold up posters in front of Jordanian policemen during a protest near the prime minister’s office in Amman, Jordan, on June 6, 2018. Jordanian Prime Minister Hani Mulki resigned on June 4 after a wave of anti-austerity protests by citizens suffering from high unemployment and repeated price hikes. (Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Jordanians protest IMF-backed austerity measures

Demonstrators hold up posters in front of Jordanian policemen during a protest near the prime minister’s office in Amman, Jordan, on June 6, 2018. Jordanian Prime Minister Hani Mulki resigned on June 4 after a wave of anti-austerity protests by citizens suffering from high unemployment and repeated price hikes. (Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Jordanian gendarmes and Jordanian security forces stand alert in the capital of Amman, early Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Tuesday appointed a new prime minister, the royal palace said, naming a leading reformer as head of government in hopes of quelling the largest anti-government protests in recent years. (Photo: Raad al-Adayleh/AP) </p>
Jordanians protest IMF-backed austerity measures

Jordanian gendarmes and Jordanian security forces stand alert in the capital of Amman, early Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Tuesday appointed a new prime minister, the royal palace said, naming a leading reformer as head of government in hopes of quelling the largest anti-government protests in recent years. (Photo: Raad al-Adayleh/AP)

<p>Protesters gather for a demonstration outside the Prime Minister’s office in Amman, early Tuesday, June 5, 2018. (Photo: Raad al-Adayleh/AP) </p>
Jordanians protest IMF-backed austerity measures

Protesters gather for a demonstration outside the Prime Minister’s office in Amman, early Tuesday, June 5, 2018. (Photo: Raad al-Adayleh/AP)

<p>A young girl stands in front of Jordanian anti-riot police during a protest near the prime minister’s office in Amman, Jordan, on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Jordanians protest IMF-backed austerity measures

A young girl stands in front of Jordanian anti-riot police during a protest near the prime minister’s office in Amman, Jordan, on June 5, 2018. (Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Jordanian riot police and security forces scuffle with protesters during a demonstration outside the Prime Minister’s office in Amman, early Tuesday, June 5, 2018. (Photo: Raad al-Adayleh/AP) </p>
Jordanians protest IMF-backed austerity measures

Jordanian riot police and security forces scuffle with protesters during a demonstration outside the Prime Minister’s office in Amman, early Tuesday, June 5, 2018. (Photo: Raad al-Adayleh/AP)

<p>Policemen secure the main road near Jordan Prime Minister’s office during a protest in Amman, Jordan June 5, 2018. (Photo: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters) </p>
Jordanians protest IMF-backed austerity measures

Policemen secure the main road near Jordan Prime Minister’s office during a protest in Amman, Jordan June 5, 2018. (Photo: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters)

<p>Protesters gather for a demonstration outside the Prime Minister’s office in Amman, early Tuesday, June 5, 2018. (Photo: Raad al-Adayleh/AP) </p>
Jordanians protest IMF-backed austerity measures

Protesters gather for a demonstration outside the Prime Minister’s office in Amman, early Tuesday, June 5, 2018. (Photo: Raad al-Adayleh/AP)

<p>Jordanian protesters shout slogans and raise a national flag during a demonstration outside the Prime Minister’s office in the capital Amman early Monday, June 4, 2018. (Photo: Raad al-Adayleh/AP) </p>
Jordanians protest IMF-backed austerity measures

Jordanian protesters shout slogans and raise a national flag during a demonstration outside the Prime Minister’s office in the capital Amman early Monday, June 4, 2018. (Photo: Raad al-Adayleh/AP)

<p>Anti-riot police clash with people gathered in protest outside the Prime Minister’s office (location also known as the 4th circle) on June 4, 2018 in Amman, Jordan. (Photo: Salah Malkawi/Getty Images) </p>
Jordanians protest IMF-backed austerity measures

Anti-riot police clash with people gathered in protest outside the Prime Minister’s office (location also known as the 4th circle) on June 4, 2018 in Amman, Jordan. (Photo: Salah Malkawi/Getty Images)

<p>Jordanian security forces scuffle with protesters attempting to breach the area as they stand guard during a demonstration outside the prime minister’s office in the capital Amman late on June 3, 2018. (Photo: Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Jordanians protest IMF-backed austerity measures

Jordanian security forces scuffle with protesters attempting to breach the area as they stand guard during a demonstration outside the prime minister’s office in the capital Amman late on June 3, 2018. (Photo: Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Jordanians tend to an unconscious protester during a demonstration outside the Prime Minister’s office in the capital Amman early Monday, June 4, 2018. (Photo: Raad al-Adayleh/AP) </p>
Jordanians protest IMF-backed austerity measures

Jordanians tend to an unconscious protester during a demonstration outside the Prime Minister’s office in the capital Amman early Monday, June 4, 2018. (Photo: Raad al-Adayleh/AP)

<p>Policemen secure Jordan Prime Minister’s office during a protest in Amman, Jordan, June 4, 2018. (Photo: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters) </p>
Jordanians protest IMF-backed austerity measures

Policemen secure Jordan Prime Minister’s office during a protest in Amman, Jordan, June 4, 2018. (Photo: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters)

<p>Protesters offer sweets to police officers standing guard during a protest in Amman, Jordan, on June 4, 2018. (Photo: Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Jordanians protest IMF-backed austerity measures

Protesters offer sweets to police officers standing guard during a protest in Amman, Jordan, on June 4, 2018. (Photo: Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Members of the Jordanian gendarmerie and security forces stand on alert in the capital Amman early Monday, June 4, 2018. (Photo: Raad al-Adayleh/AP) </p>
Jordanians protest IMF-backed austerity measures

Members of the Jordanian gendarmerie and security forces stand on alert in the capital Amman early Monday, June 4, 2018. (Photo: Raad al-Adayleh/AP)

<p>Jordanian protesters argue with members of the gendarmerie and security forces during a demonstration outside the Prime Minister’s office in the capital Amman early Monday, June 4, 2018. (Photo: Raad al-Adayleh/AP) </p>
Jordanians protest IMF-backed austerity measures

Jordanian protesters argue with members of the gendarmerie and security forces during a demonstration outside the Prime Minister’s office in the capital Amman early Monday, June 4, 2018. (Photo: Raad al-Adayleh/AP)

<p>Protesters chant slogans during a protest against the new income tax law and high fuel prices, in Amman, Jordan June 1, 2018. The banner reads in Arabic “we do not have money”. (Photo: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters) </p>
Jordanians protest IMF-backed austerity measures

Protesters chant slogans during a protest against the new income tax law and high fuel prices, in Amman, Jordan June 1, 2018. The banner reads in Arabic “we do not have money”. (Photo: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters)

<p>Jordanian youth burn tires and close a highway that links Amman with northern Jordan with rocks as they protest refusing an income tax law in Mastaba village, Jordan, on Friday, June 1, 2018. (Photo: Salah Malkawi/Getty Images) </p>
Jordanians protest IMF-backed austerity measures

Jordanian youth burn tires and close a highway that links Amman with northern Jordan with rocks as they protest refusing an income tax law in Mastaba village, Jordan, on Friday, June 1, 2018. (Photo: Salah Malkawi/Getty Images)

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