Protests—and Police Crackdowns—in Paraguay, Argentina

No syringes. No beds. But plenty of anger over as protesters lambasted Paraguay’s slow vaccine rollout as infections spike.

The police responded to protests with rubber bullets, tear gas, and water cannons in the capital, Asunción, over the weekend, Reuters reports.  

Protesters called for the impeachment of President Mario Abdo, who Abdo reshuffled his cabinet and appointed a new health minister. 

The country of 7 million+ has received just 4,000 vaccines from Russia for frontline health workers so far, according to Al Jazeera.
 
In Argentina: Protests have erupted over strict lockdown measures in Formosa—one of the country’s poorest provinces. In addition to using rubber bullets and tear gas, police beat protesters and journalists. The UN called out the police’s “indiscriminate violence.” 
 
Help Wanted: Health ministers in Argentina, Peru, and Ecuador have been forced out.

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