Ινδονησία: Ταραχές για την αύξηση της τιμής των καυσίμων

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Τη μεγάλη ανησυχία της για την εξάπλωση των ταραχών στις αναδυόμενες οικονομίες μοιράζεται μαζί μας η καπιταλιστική διαδικτυακή εφημερίδα:

It’s been a very bad year for the world’s hottest emerging markets. There are two big trends being cited for that. One is the slowdown in commodities and China, which is having a ripple effect for growth among many of the export-oriented commodity economies. The other factor is the rise of the dollar and US interest rates, which are causing investment flows to reverse and leave these hot markets. But in addition to all that we’re seeing instability grow. There’s obviously the riots in Turkey, which have been going on for weeks now. South Africa has been dealing with mining protests all year. Brazil has lately seen riots, in part due to an increase in bus fares. And now Indonesia is seeing protests and some rioting thanks to a planned fuel price increase. According to AP, the parliament is expected to rescind a subsidy that will result in a 33% increase in at-the-pump prices.

Indonesian lawmakers on Monday approved a revised budget in a move that paves the way for the first hike in fuel prices since 2008 amid nationwide protests against the measure. As masked protesters hurling Molotov cocktails clashed with police outside the national parliament in Jakarta, lawmakers inside voted 338 to 181 in favour of the state budget following more than 10 hours of debates. The budget contains extra financial assistance for the poor to shield them from the impact of a rise in the price of fuel, which is expected to increase around 33 percent. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono previously said such measures were necessary before he would hike fuel prices. Indonesia has long been under pressure to reduce fuel subsidies, with economists warning that the payouts gobble up a huge chunk of the state budget and are doing major damage to Southeast Asia’s top economy. However, millions are against lowering the payouts, which would push up the cost of living, and huge protests have in the past forced the government to abandon plans to hike the fuel price.

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