This week in Latin America saw Chileans marking the 43rd anniversary of the 1973 military coup that toppled President Salvador Allende and remembering the estimated 40,000 people killed, tortured or imprisoned for political reasons during Gen. Augusto Pinochet's subsequent dictatorship.
In one commemoration, a troupe of musicians and dancers known as the Red Devils of Victor Jara performed around the folk singer's tomb. They dressed as devils as a way to protest Jara's arrest, torture under interrogation and slaying, shot dead five days after the bloody coup.
Violeta Zuniga, an 83-year-old who gets around with a cane because of her knee problems, held her own performance of Chile's national dance known as the cueca to protest her partner's disappearance during Pinochet's rule.
In Mexico, thousands prepared for the annual military parade marking the country's independence from Spain. The giant parade was to begin in Mexico City's sprawling plaza known as the Zocalo and snake along the elegant Paseo de la Reforma.
Associated Press photojournalist Fernando Vergara traveled deep inside the Colombian jungle after a daylong boat journey to arrive at a secret camp of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
There, he photographed some of the rebels both in their uniforms and then in their civilian attire. Setting aside heavy assault rifles and camouflaged uniforms to put on street clothes, the men looked virtually the same. But the women were transformed.
In Brazil, the Paralympic Games overcame budget problems to stage a successful competition that has seen high attendance and record-setting performances.
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