Palestinians to keep protesting despite measures

Moves hope to quell violent social protest in West Bank; Israel concerned unrest may snowball into third Intifada.

September 11, 2012 15:54
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Palestinians protest in Ramallah [file photo]

Palestinians protest in Ramallah 370. (photo credit: Michael Omer-Man)


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Palestinian activists on Tuesday vowed to continue protesting against the high cost of living despite Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's new measures to tackle the economic crisis.

Meanwhile, a Fatah spokesman in the West Bank held the US responsible for Monday's scenes of anarchy and lawlessness in various parts of the West Bank. He also accused Washington of inciting Palestinians against the PA leadership.

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Fayyad announced the measures following the weekly cabinet meeting in Ramallah. The measures include reducing the Value Added Tax to 15% and suspending a recent price hike in the price of diesel, kerosene and gas, he said.

Fayyad said the government also decided to cut the salaries of top PA officials and ministers.

The measures also include cuts on expenses for a number of PA ministries, as well as rent, travel and exchange coupons, he added.

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