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Mexico: Fear for safety

, Index number: AMR 41/023/2008

The municipal authorities of the mainly indigenous Mixteca municipality of Santo Domingo Ixcatlán, in Oaxaca state, are preparing to sell off an area of communal land. Local people opposed to the sale have been attacked by armed men working for a local political boss (cacique) closely connected to the municipal authorities: three of them were killed on 30 Apri 2008l; their families are taking advice from a local human rights organisation, whose staff are also in grave danger.

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