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Guatemala: Extrajudicial execution/fear for safety

, Index number: AMR 34/020/2002

Land activist José Benjamín Pérez Gonzáles was killed on 8 March. According to other peasant farmers who were present, he was wounded by a police officer, and then shot and killed by a local rancher, known to be a paramilitary leader. However, the police have charged peasant farmer Cecilio Méndez Hernández with his murder. Local sources fear there will be more violence.

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