Protests in Asuncion Against Government's Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

Protests against Paraguay’s government handling of the coronavirus pandemic continued on the night of March 6 in Asunción.

The protests came amid growing anger over the number of COVID-19 infections in the country, which hit record levels and where hospitals were packed to the brim, according to reports.

Video footage shows fires lit and protesters gathered near Mburuvicha Róga, the presidential residence, before attempts to disperse them. Sound like gunfire can be heard in the background mid way through the video.

Health Minister Julio Mazzoleni resigned on Friday following calls for his ouster. President Mario Abdo Benítez has so far dismissed three of his ministers following the protests. Credit: Diego Oliver via Storyful