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AP Week in Pictures, Latin America & Caribbean

DECEMBER 19 - 24, 2020

This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press Photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean. It was curated by AP Photo Editor Leslie Mazoch in Mexico City.

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Farmworkers throw rocks at police trying to remove them from the Pan-American South Highway as they protest the Agricultural Promotion Law in the Barrio Chino neighborhood of Peru's Ica province, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. Farmworkers are demanding better pay and protesting clauses in a law that exempts them from benefits given to other workers, including annual bonuses and paid vacation. (AP PhotoLuis Campos)

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A street performer dressed as Charlie Chaplin stands still as he works for tips from shoppers along the street "25 de Marco" days before a COVID-19 lockdown goes into effect in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. Only essential business will be allowed to operate from Dec. 25 - 27 and Jan. 1 - 3. (AP PhotoCarla Carniel)

Health worker Maria Ramírez is the first to get vaccinated for COVID-19 at the General Hospital in Mexico City, early Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020. The first batches of vaccines produced by Pfizer and its German partner, BioNTech arrived the previous day. (AP PhotoEduardo Verdugo)

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador points to a graph showing the percentages of hospital beds available, state by state, during his daily news conference at the presidential palace, Palacio Nacional, in Mexico City, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. After months of resisting to avoid hurting the economy, officials announced Friday that Mexico City and the surrounding State of Mexico will ban all non-essential activities and return to a partial lockdown because of a spike in coronavirus cases. (AP PhotoMarco Ugarte)

Children receive Christmas presents donated by the volunteer group "Un Juguete, Una Buena Noticia," or One Toy, One Good News, from the back of a pick-up truck in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. The volunteer group is made up of journalists and other media workers who collect donations and hand out toys to poor children. (AP PhotoAriana Cubillos)

A COVID-19 patient lies in the ICU at the Posta Central Hospital in Santiago, Chile, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020, on the same day the first shipment of coronavirus vaccines arrived from Pfizer and its German partner, BioNTech. (AP PhotoEsteban Felix)

An elderly woman participates in a protest against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's handling of the coronavirus in Brazilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. Protesters also called for the immediate start of COVID-19 vaccinations. (AP PhotoEraldo Peres)

Youths wearing masks against the spread of the new coronavirus exercises at a street gym in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. (AP PhotoRamon Espinosa)