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Mexico: Fear for safety/torture and ill-treatment

, Index number: AMR 41/032/2007

State police violently evicted a group of Nahua Indigenous peasant farmers on 14 June from a piece of land they had occupied, whose ownership is contested. They arrested 11 people, including Javier Islas Cruz, and reportedly beat them, using torture and ill-treatment during their interrogation about the land occupation and their supposed links with a guerrilla group. The leader of the peasant group, Gabino Flores Cruz, has not been seen since the eviction. There is a warrant for his arrest. All those in custody are at risk of further ill-treatment or torture.

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