AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

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In this May 5, 2014 photo, miners known as "Maraqueros" ready a rustic type of hydraulic jet known locally as a "Chupadera," after hauling the device about 16-meters deep into a crater at a gold mine process in La Pampa in Peru\'s Madre de Dios region. A new threat now looms for the estimated 20,000 wildcat miners who toil in huge scar of denuded rainforest known as La Pampa, an area nearly three times the size of Washington, D.C. Peru\'s government declared all informal mining illegal on April 19 and began a crackdown. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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Photo coverage by The Associated Press in Latin America last week looked at political conflict, anger over perceived corruption for soccer's biggest event and life as an illegal miner.

Riot police in Honduras forcibly removed former president and now congressman Manuel Zelaya and supporters from the congress building after legislators from his Libre party allegedly allowed leftist activists to enter to protest the appointment of judicial authorities.

Guatemalan lawmakers passed a resolution that denies there was any attempt to commit genocide during the country's bloody 36-year civil war. Later, a small group of protesters lined the facade of the Congress building with black-and-white photographs of the civilians killed or gone missing during the conflict.

With opening day for the World Cup nearing, Brazilians staged more protests, some complaining about the billions of dollars spent on hosting international soccer's premier tournament at a time of social hardship. This year's World Cup will be the first in the South American nation since 1950.

AP photographer Rodrigo Abd provided a look at the hard life of wildcat miners who brave dangerous conditions while sweating through 28-hour shifts in the malarial jungle of the Madre de Dios region of southeastern Peru. Their way of life is now under pressure from the government, which has begun a crackdown on such illegal mining operations.

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This gallery was curated by photo editor Anita Baca in Mexico City.

 
 
 

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