A group of demonstrators opposing Brazil's pension reform attempted to storm into the Chamber of Deputies building Tuesday (Apr. 18). The protesters—most of them civil police officers—went all the way past the cloakroom, where the main entrance to the lower house is located. Some of the glass at the main reception area was broken, but the police seized control of the protesters by forming a safety barrier and throwing tear gas grenades.
After the clash, part of the group headed for the ramp outside the Congress buildings. No report was made on injured or arrested individuals. Security was reinforced at the doors and circulation between the two houses of Congress is now restricted. Some of the protesters were allowed inside for a meeting with Arthur Maia, the lawmaker in charge of the report on the pension reform in the lower house.
A group formed by some 3 thousand civil and military police, municipal officers, among other public security professionals gathered late this morning in the grass outside the National Congress building to protest against the pension reform. The original text submitted by the government stipulated the end of the special retirement for these workers.
The rally was organized by the UPB, an association of Brazilian police bodies, which planned to file a request asking for the removal of the police from the government's bill.
Translated by Fabrício Ferreira