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Police in Brazil’s congress clash with police union members

By on April 18, 2017

Police officers attempt to break into the Brazilian National Congress during a protest by police officers from several Brazilian states against pension reforms proposed by Brazil's President Michel Temer's government that would end the special pension retirement of police officers, in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, April 18, 2017. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

Police officers attempt to break into the Brazilian National Congress during a protest by police officers from several Brazilian states against pension reforms proposed by Brazil’s President Michel Temer’s government that would end the special pension retirement of police officers, in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, April 18, 2017. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

SAO PAULO — Police guarding Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies have clashed with members of police unions protesting proposed pension reforms that could reduce their retirement benefits.

The security officers used tear gas and pepper spray to drive back about 200 protesters who smashed one of the glass doors of the congressional building.

Police said Tuesday’s protest ended in less than an hour and that no one was arrested.

The pension reforms are part of the government’s efforts to shore up public finances and pull Latin America’s largest economy out of recession.

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