• Staff hurry out of legislative building in port city of Valparaíso
  • Truck drivers and public transport workers on strike in Santiago

Chile’s congress has been evacuated after protestors tried to force their way on to the building’s grounds, in a new challenge to a government struggling to contain deadly unrest over economic hardship.

Police fired teargas on Friday to fend off hundreds of demonstrators on the perimeter as some lawmakers and administrative staff hurried out of the legislative building, which is in the port city of Valparaíso.

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