Protesters clashed with police in Paraguay's capital, Asuncion, as anger over the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis boiled over into the streets and forced the resignation of the country's top health official.
Security forces fired rubber bullets and tear gas on hundreds of rioters who gathered around the Congress building in downtown Asuncion, while protesters broke down security barriers, burned road barricades and threw stones at police.
The riots, which turned the capital's historic centre into a makeshift battlefield of fire, smoke and gunshots, broke out amid growing outrage as coronavirus infections hit record levels and hospitals verged on collapse throughout the South American nation.
Earlier on Friday, health minister Julio Mazzoleni resigned, a day after lawmakers called for his ousting.
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