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Cops Mad About Proposed Pension Changes Storm Brazil Congress

BRASILIA Ė Protests on Tuesday by police unions opposing plans to raise Brazilís retirement age led to clashes when a small group of militants tried to force their way into Congress.

The legislatureís security force resorted to tear gas and pepper spray to repel the assault.

Several glass doors were shattered.

Around 3,000 unionized police took part in the demonstration, but only a few of them joined the attempt to storm the legislature.

Under Brazilís current retirement system, women can retire after working for 30 years, while men must put in 35 years. There is no minimum age requirement.

The right-wing government of President Michel Temer initially proposed setting a minimum retirement age of 65 for both sexes after at least 25 years of working and making contributions.

Opposition from some sectors in Congress led the administration to accept lowering the retirement age for women to 62.

Life expectancy at birth for Brazilian men is 69 years, while for women it is 76.3 years.

 

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