Clashes as Argentina Congress debates budget amid crisis

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Demonstrators and police are clashing outside of Argentina's Congress as lawmakers discuss next year's budget.

Local television broadcast images showing dozens of people throwing rocks while police in riot gear responded with rubber bullets and water cannon. It's not immediately clear how many people have been detained or if there are injuries.

The session in the lower house was temporarily suspended.

The budget includes austerity measures including tax hikes and government cuts aimed at eliminating the fiscal deficit.

President Mauricio Macri is trying to halt economic turmoil that has sharply depreciated the Argentine peso.

Argentines also continue to lose purchasing power to an annual inflation estimated at more than 40 percent.

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