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The social security law would prevent widows and orphans from accessing inheritance from their deceased relatives and loved ones.
Thousands took to the streets of the Palestinian city of Ramallah, the de facto capital of the Palestinian government, Thursday to protest a new law implemented by the government of President Mahmud Abbas.
Thousands of protesters in the center of Ramallah, central West Bank, are calling for abolishing the newly enacted social security law which will deprive private employees of much of their employment rights. pic.twitter.com/7Jct7uCKT2
The unified movement rallied at the Manara roundabout in the center of the city where they began a three-day sit-in to reject the social security law announced Thursday evening.
Hundreds of private employees are protesting in Ramallah, central West Bank, against the newly enacted social security law which will deprive the employees of their basic employment rights. pic.twitter.com/gYjLPSwgxg
The new law, which is strongly opposed by most Palestinians, stipulates that widows cannot inherit their deceased husbands' pensions, nor can orphans inherit their parents’ pension upon finishing university. The law will also affect workers' social security.
Protestors, including families and children, have blocked traffic in the historical Al-Manara square and say they won’t leave for two days, until Saturday.