Jordanians protest over price increases

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Hundreds of Jordanians have protested across the country, including in the capital Amman, against the government's decision to impose new taxes on a number of goods and services, calling on the cabinet to resign.

The government earlier this month imposed new sales taxes on internet and mobile use, bread, domestic fuel and petrol, and cigarettes, among other products, as a part of austerity measures that aim to curb its large budget deficit and huge public debt.

"We are suffocated by the government's continuous approach to solving [dire] economic conditions by turning to people's pockets," Muath Batoush, a protester from Karak, told Al Jazeera, referring to increasing prices and taxes.

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