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AP Week in Pictures, Latin America & Caribbean

FEBRUARY 12 -18, 2021

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 Anita Baca in Mexico City.

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A woman has one eye covered to protest against gender violence, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. Women from the "Ni Una Menos" or "Not One Less" movement marched to protest what they say is the negligence of judges when it comes to taking measures against aggressors of women, a week after the killing of Ursula Bahillo, a woman who had filed more than a dozen complaints against the man who killed her. She had filed the last complaint two days before her murder. (AP PhotoNatacha Pisarenko)

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Newlyweds, wearing protective face masks due to the new coronavirus, walk under a saber arch in the 18th annual mass wedding ceremony organized by a local radio station, in Managua, Nicaragua, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021. Around 400 couples said "I do" in the Valentine's Day tradition. (AP PhotoDiana Ulloa)

A man sleeps on top of empty oxygen cylinders waiting for a shop to open to refill his tank, in the Villa El Salvador neighborhood of Lima, early Thursday morning, Feb. 18, 2021, as the lack of medical oxygen to treat COVID-19 patients continues to be the norm in Peru. Long lines form outside private providers with many spending the night outside so as to not lose their place in line. (AP PhotoMartin Mejia)

Healthcare workers Diego Feitosa Ferreira, 28, right, and Clemilton Lopes de Oliveira, 41, leave a home after a resident denied to be vaccinated against the new coronavirus, in the Capacini community, along the Purus river, in the Labrea municipality, Amazonas state, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. Navigating complex waterways to reach remote communities in Brazil's Amazon is only the first challenge for the healthcare workers vaccinating Indigenous and riverine people against COVID-19. (AP PhotoEdmar Barros)

First graders, wearing protective face masks, sit to maintain a social distance in a gym during class at the San Juan Bautista technical school in Lambare, Paraguay, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. Some private primary schools opened in-person classes this week with strict health security protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP PhotoJorge Saenz)

The mother of an inmate cries outside the Tacumbu prison where prisoners took over the detention facility sparked by a rumor that inmates were being transferred, in Asuncion, Paraguay, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. Seven people reportedly died during the uprising. (AP PhotoJorge Saenz)

Gabriel Gonzalez, who has worked for the last four years as a street clown posing for photographs with passersby, waits for clients while sitting on a bench in central Mexico City, Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. The city's mayor announced Friday that the capital will lower the COVID-19 pandemic alert level from red to orange, permitting some long-closed businesses including gyms and indoor pools to reopen with capacity restrictions and social distancing. (AP PhotoRebecca Blackwell)

Nurses read instructions on injecting doses of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine at a Bernal public school, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, as the country begins to vaccinate healthcare workers against the new coronavirus. (AP PhotoNatacha Pisarenko)

Wearing masks as a precaution against the new coronavirus, Angels of the Road volunteer paramedics take a boy on a stretcher to their ambulance after he was involved in a motorcycle accident in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. Despite receiving no paychecks, its roughly 40 paramedics are ready at a moment's notice to jump onto motorcycles and fire up their single ambulance and race into the streets. (AP PhotoAriana Cubillos)

Moviegoers enter a theater on the first day day of a reopening at the Cinepolis cinema in Santiago, Chile, Feb. 18, 2021. Some Chilean cinemas partially reopened Thursday, with limited capacity, after 11 months of mandatory closure due to the new coronavirus pandemic. (AP PhotoEsteban Felix)