A cash shortfall in the Palestinian Authority worsened after Israel imposed sanctions following the West Bank government's successful bid to gain de-facto recognition of Palestine as a state at the U.N. General Assembly in November.
The demonstration in downtown Ramallah was the latest in a series of sporadically violent protests over cuts and tough austerity measures in the Israel-occupied West Bank.
Protesting alongside the government workers were farmers who had not received their subsidies since the government began searching for ways to plug a hole in its finances.
“We want support for the grazing animals, the agriculture and the farmers, and to lower the prices of seeds for us,” said a farmer from Bani Naeem.
Deprived of potentially lucrative land and infrastructure by Israeli restrictions and Jewish settlements, the West Bank's economy depends on foreign aid.
'A government can liberate a worker, it cannot liberate a settlement' read a banner raised by two elderly men at the protest.
From a high of $1.8 billion U.S din 2008, foreign aid plummeted to around