Photos of Argentine's protests as it stands on the brink of economic collapse

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



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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


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But even a state of emergency failed to halt the violence


Looters steal food from a supermarket  

Hundreds of supermarkets were ransacked as mass protests turned violent



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