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Herat shopkeepers go on strike

Herat shopkeepers go on strike

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May 18, 2015 - 17:24

HERAT (Pajhwok): Hundreds of shopkeepers in western Herat province on Monday went on strike, denouncing sharp rise in taxes.

Ghafoor, a shopkeeper, said around 300 shopkeepers had closed down their shops to protest the rise in taxes.

He told Pajhwok Afghan News that taxes on each shop in Shahr-e-Naw locality had risen from 250 afs in a year to 6,000 afs. “The new tax law is unfair and we have no means to pay increased taxes.”

He accused the government for not taking into consideration the trembling economic situation of the country, saying they would continue with their strike until their demands were met.

Azizullah, another protester, questioned: “On what basis we need to pay extra taxes? What has the municipality done to us that they ask us for tax?”

Ahmad Faqiryar, Herat deputy mayor, said the decision was taken by the council of ministers.

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