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Coronavirus: Paraguay politician rips off shirt in bridge speech

Bizarre footage shows the moment a Paraguayan congressman rips his shirt off in parliament like The Hulk in an impassioned speech about reopening borders. 

It happened when independent congressman Jorge Antonio Britez, from the border city of Ciudad del Este, was taking part in a meeting in Congress about the opening of the La Amistad border bridge with Brazil. 

The 35-year-old was asking the government to reopen the bridge which has been closed since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, saying: 'I don't want anybody to die but Ciudad del Este has been closed for more than 60 days.'  

Jorge Antonio Britez, from Paraguay's border city of Ciudad del Este, was taking part in a meeting about the opening of the La Amistad border bridge with Brazil

He then rips off his shirt and carries on with his passionate speech, saying 80 per cent of citizens at the border rely on trade with Brazil.

He added: 'We need to work, we are following all the protocols. I am asking for health, work and education for my people and you are shocked by a shirt.' 

Shortly after the incident the Head of the Congress Jorge Alliana called an end to the session. 

He then rips off his shirt and carries on with his passionate speech, saying 80 per cent of citizens at the border rely on trade with Brazil

Member of the right-wing ruling Colorado Party Basilio Núñez later asked for a sanction for Britez (pictured)

Member of the right-wing ruling Colorado Party Basilio Núñez later asked for a sanction for the politician and said: 'This striptease is unsuitable, another colleague could do the same or even something worse.' 

President Mario Abdo Benítez's government closed the bridge to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

Border town Ciudad del Este has around 20,000 businesses which sell products to Brazil including electronic devices, clothing and cigarettes. 

He said: 'We need to work, we are following all the protocols. I am asking for health, work and education for my people and you are shocked by a shirt'

Brazil is the worst-hit country in Latin America with 32,548 coronavirus-related deaths according to Johns Hopkins University. 

They have recorded 584,016 infections, which is the highest in the world after the U.S. 

The Health Authorities have been allowing lorries with cargo to cross the border at the bridge. 

President Benítez said the country's de-escalation plan would see the bridge and borders reopened in the final stage.  

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