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Mexico: Fear of torture/ill-treatment / arbitrary arrests / legal concern

, Index number: AMR 41/062/1997

Enriqueta Ruiz (f), human rights and union activist, Joel Alberto Garcia Gonzalez, lawyer, human rights and union activist, 74 workers and union activists: On 21 July 74 workers were arbitrarily and violently arrested by riot police in Villahermosa, Tobasco state, during a peaceful strike. They were detained incommunicado for 36 hours. The same day Enriqueta Ruiz and Joel Alberto Garcia Gonzalez were arbitrarily detained in the Attorney General's Office while requesting a visit to the detained workers. Eye-witnesses claim that they were subjected to ill-treatment. All 76 detainees are believed to be prisoners of conscience and Amnesty International is calling for their immediate and unconditional release.

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