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In pictures: Mexico border protests

Protesters in Monterrey, Mexico, 17 February 2009

In co-ordinated rallies across northern Mexico, demonstrators have blocked roads into the US to protest against the Mexican army's operations against drug gangs.

Protesters run for cover as police use a water cannon in Monterrey, Mexico, 17 February 2009

The largest demonstration was in Monterrey, where police used water cannon to disperse protesters.

Protesters taunt riot police in Monterrey, Mexico, 17 February 2009

The protesters accused the army of abuses against civilians. Officials say the protests were organised by drug cartels trying to disrupt the government's anti-drug crackdown.

Police use a water cannon to disperse protesters in Monterrey, Mexico, 17 February 2009

Mexico's army has been taking an increasingly high-profile role in the war on drugs, which last year claimed more than 5,000 lives.

A police officer walks near a bullet-riddled police vehicle in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, 17 February 2009

Earlier, in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez, three police officers were killed by unidentified gunmen.

The scene where three police officers were shot dead in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, 17 February 2009

While Mexico's battle against the cartels has resulted in record drug seizures, it has also provoked a dramatic escalation in violence, as the gangs fight both one another and the federal forces.

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