AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week.

Thousands of Haitian children returned to their classes after months of violent protests against the government shut down schools.

Mexico’s president has said he wants to fight drug cartels with “hugs, not bullets,” but some communities called for a more forceful strategy after 23 people died during gunbattles in the northern border state of Coahuila.

A women takes part in the performing the anthem, "Un violador en tu camino" or "A rapist in your path," in a demonstration against gender-based violence, at Cinelandia Square, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. The feminist anthem, born in the midst of protests in Chile, continues to expand its popularity throughout the world. (AP PhotoSilvia Izquierdo)

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador met later in the week with U.S. Attorney General William Barr, in the wake of Donald Trump suggesting the U.S. could classify Mexico’s cartels as terrorist organizations.

In Chile, thousands of older women dressed in black and red scarves around their necks demonstrated against gender-based violence, chanting “The rapist is you,” a protest song that has gained international attention.

Uruguay’s governing political coalition conceded defeat in the presidential runoff election to the center-right Lacalle Pou, whose victory ended 15 years of left-leaning government in the South American country.

Women perform the feminist anthem, "Un violador en tu camino" or "A rapist in your path," in a demonstration against gender-based violence, at Cinelandia Square, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. The blindfolded women chant the words that include: "The fault wasn't mine, nor where I was, nor how I was dressed. You're the rapist," originated by the Chilean feminist collective Las Tesis. (AP PhotoSilvia Izquierdo)

Curated by photo editor Anita Baca in Mexico City. On Twitter: @LatDesk

A worker sweeps up outside City Hall riddled with bullet holes, in Villa Union, Mexico, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. The small town near the U.S.-Mexico border began cleaning up Monday even as fear persisted after 23 people were killed in a weekend gun battle between a heavily armed drug cartel assault group and security forces. (AP PhotoEduardo Verdugo)

Portraits of former mayors hang on a City Hall wall riddled with bullet holes after a gun battle, in Villa Union, Mexico, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. Dozens of pickup trucks crowded with armed men and mounted machine guns roared into Villa Union on Saturday. What followed were hours-long gun battles between a cartel force and state police that left 23 people dead. (AP PhotoEduardo Verdugo)

A man wears a make-shift mask with an image of President Nicolas Maduro taped to it, during a pro-government demonstration against TIAR or the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance, in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Representatives from over a dozen nations that are signatories of the Cold War-era defense treaty for the Americas moved Tuesday to further isolate close allies of Maduro with economic sanctions. (AP PhotoAriana Cubillos)

Police drag a detained anti-government protester to a paddy wagon, in Santiago, Chile, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. Protests sparked by a subway far hike broke out on Oct. 18 and quickly broadened into a social movement demanding greater equality. Most protests have been peaceful, but many evolved into violence, with arson, looting and clashes between masked protesters and security forces. (AP PhotoEsteban Felix)

Members of the Indigenous Guard wait for the start of a protest march against President Ivan Duque, in Bogota, Colombia, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. Duque 's government has agreed to an independent dialogue with labor and student groups that have convoked two national strikes. (AP PhotoFernando Vergara)

A man pulls a cart full of merchandise past the National Palace, as military police stand guard during a private meeting between U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, in Mexico City, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. The two met behind closed doors Thursday, about a week after U.S. President Donald Trump suggested his government could classify Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations. (AP PhotoRebecca Blackwell)

Nicaraguan Vilma Castro holds a photograph of her missing son Elias Gutierrez, during a press conference held by the mothers of disappeared migrants, in Mexico City, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. A convoy, mostly comprised of women from Central America, annually travels through Mexico to search for their relatives who left for a better life and then disappeared on their journey to the U.S. (AP PhotoMarco Ugarte)

A supporter of National Party presidential candidate Luis Lacalle Pou, celebrates in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. Rival candidate Daniel Martinez conceded defeat after a second round of voting. (AP PhotoMatilde Campodonico)

National Party presidential candidate Luis Lacalle Pou and running mate Beatriz Argimon embrace during a victory rally in Montevideo, Uruguay, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. Lacalle Pou will become Uruguay's next president, ending 15 years of left-leaning government in the South American country. (AP PhotoMatilde Campodonico)