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Mexico: Fear for safety / death threats / arbitrary detentions

, Index number: AMR 41/016/1999

Amnesty International fears for the safety of members of the community of El Portal, in Chiapas State, after they were attacked, apparently by supporters of the ruling Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), Institutional Revolutionary Party. Police arrested 20 members of the Indigenous Peasant Organization Front. Sixteen of the detainees were subsequently released but four of them, Genaro Gutiérrez Aguilar, Ramiro de León de León, Luis Zunun Martínez, and Elfego Zunun Martínez, were charged with various crimes and transferred to a prison.

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