Huge increases in fuel prices have brought hundreds out to protest on the streets of Jordan. The government has withdrawn fuel subsidies in a bid to tackle the country’s 3.5 billion dollar budget deficit. Domestic gas will now cost 50 percent more and people aren’t happy; “The price hikes were a shock for the Jordanian people,” said one woman. “This will starve us. This is the first time I have come out to protest but everyone is doing it because we are against what is happening.”
“This is our country,” said another man, “and we are not able to feed our children or keep our homes warm yet corrupt individuals are living in luxury at our expense.”
Petrol stations were thronged with cars trying to fill up on fuel before prices go up. Jordan hopes the subsidy cuts will show its commitment to fiscal management and win points from the IMF.