Anti-military protestors block bridges, cause traffic jams in Reynosa

Blockade on highway off Boulevard Hidalgo // Photo by @CristianOrtizzz on Twitter

Anti-military protestors used a series of blockades to bring life to a standstill south of the border in Reynosa.

Residents used the #reynosafollow hashtag of the social media network Twitter the blockades mid-Thursday afternoon.

According to reports, protestors who want the heavy military presence to leave the city used taxis and buses to create blockades.

The protestors blocked the city's main roadways and roads leading to and from international bridges.

Many residents were forced to take lengthy detours or walk on foot.

Thousands of soldiers have been sent to Tamaulipas and other areas the border due to the ongoing drug war, which has claimed more than 50,000 lives.

Many Reynosa residents said on Twitter that they support the military and its mission against drug cartels.

Authorities had already started removing the blockades shortly after 5:30 p.m. Thursday.