A Jordanian protester holds a picture of Jordanian Prime Ministers Hani al-Mulki and chants slogans during a strike against the new income tax law, in Amman, Jordan May 30, 2018.REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
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Thousands of Jordanians heeded a strike call by unions Wednesday to protest at major, IMF-guided tax rises they say will worsen an erosion in living standards.Unions representing tens of thousands of public and private sector employees accused the government of caving in to International Monetary Fund demands and squeezing a middle class hit by high prices while widening disparities between poor and rich.The government has echoed IMF arguments that Jordan could be losing several hundreds of millions of dollars through tax evasion and fraud and that only about 4 percent of citizens pay taxes.
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