Protesters and police clash in Argentina as Congress debates Milei’s reform bill

By Osmary Hernández, Mauricio Torres, CNNE, and Michael Rios, CNN

Buenos Aires CNN  —  Police in Argentina clashed Tuesday with anti-government protesters outside Congress, where senators were scheduled to debate a bill on government and economic reforms proposed by libertarian President Javier Milei.

A CNN en Español team on the ground witnessed police using water cannons and tear gas to disperse the crowd, while protesters were seen hurling objects back at police.

A car belonging to a TV station was overturned and set on fire before it was extinguished by firefighters.

So far, there are no official reports of injuries, but CNNEE journalists witnessed paramedics helping injured people.

A demonstrator reacts during a protest near Argentina's National Congress, on the day senators debate President Javier Milei's economic reform bill, in Buenos Aires on June 12.

Demonstrators from various social groups and unions had gathered there to voice their opposition to the proposed reforms.

The bill – which has already been approved in the Chamber of Deputies – includes a declaration of a “public emergency in administrative, economic, financial and energy matters for a period of one year,” which would delegate legislative powers in those areas to the Executive Branch without having to go through Congress.

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