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>> When Bayan Samara's children asked her why she couldn't buy them new toys or clothes, she took them here. Onto the streets of the capital, Amman, where Jordan is being rocked by the biggest protest in years. The US ally has mostly escaped the turmoil that's hit most of the region.
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But a build up of economic policies and tax reform are hitting people's pockets. And families like the Samaras are struggling to stay afloat in Jordan's sluggish economy.>> I'm 36, this is the first time something like this has happened. I can't wait another 36 years, I want to build a future for my kids.
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I'll protest today, tomorrow, and after that until the situation changes.>> Public anger has grown this year since the end of bread subsidies, and a rise in the general sales tax. It's all part of an IMF plan to cut the Arab nation's $37 billion debt. Jordan's King Abdullah is urging broad talks over taxes after replacing his prime minister.
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It was an attempt to defuse public frustration, but the protests have continued. Ahmed and Bayan say their problems won't go away without deeper democratic change in government.