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Friday, 2 August, 2002, 13:13 GMT 14:13 UK
In pictures: Uruguay crisis
Mobs have looted shops in the Uruguayan capital, as the country is paralysed by a strike in protest at continuing economic turmoil.

Looters
Looters reportedly ransacked 16 supermarkets in Montevideo's suburbs

Supermarket employees
Supermarket employees took refuge next to police during the looting

Arrests
Police said they would not tolerate any street violence - some 20 people were arrested (AP)

Uruguayan protesters throw stones
The government blamed the street violence on "organised groups who wish to destabilise society"

Coca Cola workers join union protests
Earlier on Thursday, thousands of workers turned out for a peaceful four-hour protest in Montevideo (AP)

People wait outside cash machines
Banks remain closed and people have been waiting by cash machines, hoping to withdraw money (AP)

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