Protesters, police clash in Chile over pensions bill

Anti-government protesters took to the streets of Santiago on Monday (November 23), facing down police in riot gear and blasts from water cannons and wafts of tear gas.

Pinera said on Sunday (November 22) his government would appeal to the country's Constitutional Court to halt the measure.

Pinera said the legislation was unconstitutional since it implied a cost to the public purse that can only be determined by the executive, and posed a "grave risk" to the future pensions of Chileans as well as offering another tax-free windfall to higher-income individuals who did not need it.

The bill's supporters say it would help Chileans struggling to deal with the economic fallout from the coronavirus. They have criticized the government for an inadequate response.