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Argentina in a state of Chaos

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BUENOS AIRES  –  The death toll from last week’s violent looting in Argentina has risen to four, medical sources said Wednesday.

The government and labor unions have traded blame for the violence, which came amid growing anger with President Cristina Kirchner’s administration over rising crime and economic uncertainty.

Health officials in Rosario, an industrial and farm export hub in central Argentina, said a 17-year-old girl named Emiliano died of a gunshot wound to her right leg.

A second woman, Carina Paz, 36, also died of a gunshot wound, in the head, during the looting there, a hospital director said.

The deaths are on top of the two people who had earlier been reported killed in Rosario, where crowds raided stores, most of them owned by Chinese immigrants, on the outskirts of the northeastern city.

Thousands of extra police officers were deployed over the weekend in Argentine cities in response to the looting, which left some 100 injured and hundreds arrested.

Looting was also reported in the outskirts of Buenos Aires, in the tourist city of Bariloche, and the provinces of Tucuman, Corrientes, Chaco, Misiones, Cordoba, and Rio Negro, in most cases with injuries and arrests.  –  AFP