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AP Week in Pictures: Latin America and Caribbean

May 6-13, 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 journalist Jorge Saenz in Asuncion, Paraguay.

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Children hold their training weapons, some real and some fake, during a display for the media designed to attract the federal government's attention to the dangers of organized crime that their town negotiates daily in Ayahualtempa, Guerrero state, Mexico, Wednesday, April 28, 2021. International organizations have condemned the "recruitment" of children and warned of the effects. (AP PhotoMarco Ugarte)

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As part of the Prayer for Rain ceremony, an Ajq'ij', or spiritual guide, tosses flower petals into the waters of the Chicabal Lagoon, formed on the crater of a former volcano and considered by Mayan people as a sacred place, in San Martin Sacatepequez, Guatemala, Thursday, May 13, 2021. The rain ceremony takes place annually, 40 days after Holy Week. (AP PhotoMoises Castillo)

Dr. Veronica Verdino performs CPR on a COVID-19 patient who had a fatal heart attack while intubating him at Llavallol Dr. Norberto Raúl Piacentini Hospital in Lomas de Zamora, Argentina, Saturday, May 8, 2021. Verdina and her colleague took time to prepare the man's body and the room before his son viewed him through the window of the door. (AP PhotoNatacha Pisarenko)

Activists carry crosses representing lost black lives, during a demonstration marking the day slavery was abolished in Brazil, and against government policies they say perpetuate racism and inequality, amid the new coronavirus pandemic in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, May 13, 2021. (AP PhotoEraldo Peres)

Relatives and residents protest a day after a deadly police operation in the Jacarezinho favela of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, May 7, 2021. A bloody, hours-long gun battle here echoed into Friday, with authorities saying the police mission killed two dozen criminals while residents and activists claimed human rights abuses. (AP PhotoSilvia Izquierdo)

A woman sprays disinfectant on demonstrators amid the COVID-19 pandemic, during a march asking for free internet access and computers from the government, so that their children can take online classes, in La Paz, Bolivia, Monday, May 10, 2021. (AP PhotoJuan Karita)

An intubated man suspected of having COVID-19 lies inside an ambulance as he is taken to a hospital by Mobile Emergency Care Service staff, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, May 7, 2021. (AP PhotoMarcelo Chello)

Sixty chairs sit empty outside the Cathedral to represent the number of nurses who have died of COVID-19 during a protest the day before International Nurses Day in Asuncion, Paraguay, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Nurses union leaders are demanding government social security for health workers, which includes health care and a pension. (AP PhotoJorge Saenz)

A tight rope artist stands over demonstrators as they march during an anti-government protest in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Colombians have taken to the streets for weeks across the country after the government proposed tax increases on public services, fuel, wages and pensions, but have continued even after President Ivan Duque walked back the tax hike. (AP PhotoIvan Valencia)

Cruz Azul's Orbelin Pineda celebrates scoring his side's opening goal against Tijuana during a Mexican soccer league match at Azteca stadium in Mexico City, Saturday, May 1, 2021. (AP PhotoFernando Llano)