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Guatemala: Lawyer of Xinca People Still Under Threat

, Index number: AMR 34/0733/2019

Lawyer Quelvin Jimenez reported that on 23 June a group of people, carrying small arms and machetes, disrupted a meeting of the Xinca Indigenous People authorities in Jumaytepeque, Santa Rosa (Southwest Guatemala). They verbally threatened and beat some of the participants. Quelvin escaped but was stopped by a vehicle where three people got out accusing him of attacking them. Police took them all to a municipal police station in Barberena. Hours later, he was released free of charges. We call on the Attorney’s office to investigate these attacks and guarantee Quelvin’s protection.