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Saturday, 13 July, 2002, 21:43 GMT 22:43 UK
In pictures: Mexican farmers riot
Mexican farmers, angry at government plans to expropriate their land to build a new airport outside the capital, have taken three more hostages. The trouble began on Thursday when at least a dozen people, including local government officials and police officers were seized.

Mexican riot police
Riot police took up positions around the town of San Salvador Atenco

Farmers sit with a supply of Molotov cocktails
But the farmers, laden with Molotov cocktails, were determined to resist

Farmers attack police car
Protesters armed with bats and machetes attacked police cars

Cars burn during protest
They also condemned police methods earlier in nearby Santa Catarina

A police officer held hostage is taken away in ropes
The protesters took seven policemen and other officials hostage...

Hostages stand guarded on stage in a film theatre in San Salvador Atenco
...several of whom were paraded on Saturday before the media in the province

A burnt out car sits by the roadside as activists on bikes cycle past
And activists have continued to patrol the streets of San Salvador Atenco following the clashes

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