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Thursday, 20 December, 2001, 16:33 GMT
In pictures: Argentina anger boils over
As Argentina stands on the brink of economic collapse, thousands of Argentines have taken to the streets in some of the worst scenes of civil unrest for a decade.

President de la Rua's helicopter leaves Government House
President Fernando de la Rua left after widespread calls for him to quit

Demonstrators are sprayed with water cannon in Buenos Aries
Protesters accused Mr de la Rua of leading the country to economic ruin

Protesters gather behind a barricade
Mass protests turned the Argentine capital Buenos Aires into a scene of near-anarchy

buenos aires
Riot police armed with batons tried to break up demonstrations

Noisy protest in Buenos Aries
Demonstrators banged sticks to make sure their protest was heard

Protester in Buenos Aries
Argentines are angry at the government's austerity drive

Riot police fire tear gas
Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowds

buenos aires
But even a state of emergency failed to halt the violence

A striking worker watches a poster of Economy Minister Domingo Cavallo burn
Economy minister Domingo Cavallo was the first political casualty

Looters steal food from a supermarket
Hundreds of supermarkets were ransacked as mass protests turned violent
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