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Peru: Ten settlers massacred by civil defence patrol

, N° d'index: AMR 46/038/1993

There is concern at the reported massacre on 10 September of settlers (colonos) living in Delta, Pichanaqui district, Chanchamayo province, department of Junin. Seven men were killed: Juan Ascuy, Jose Vargas Lopez, Juan Lopez Bujaico, Alberto Cusi Ccancce, Edgar Barreto Huaynapoma, Teodosio Pena Gutierrez and Maximo Antezana Espeza, and three boys: Mario Vargas Alejo, aged 12, Hernan Lopez Antezana, aged 14, and Javier Lopez Antezana, aged 16. They were reportedly killed by a Comite de Autodefensa or ronda campesina, a civil defence patrol, from San Fernando de Meritori. In an official report issued on 13 September police stated that witnesses had informed them that the settlers were first bound and then hacked to death "for not belonging to the ronda campesina".

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