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Execution Suspects Arrested in Chiapas

The World | IN BRIEF / MEXICO

June 27, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Thirteen members of a leftist group accused of killing peasants over a land dispute were arrested in a predawn police raid near Tuxtla Gutierrez, authorities said.

The suspects, members of a group known as the House of the People, were arrested Monday in Venustiano Carranza, about 45 miles southeast of Tuxtla Gutierrez, the Chiapas state capital, Atty. Gen. Mariano Herran Salvatti said.

The suspects were arrested in connection with the execution-style slayings of eight peasants belonging to the Fray Bartolome Alliance, a group with ties to the former ruling party, near the village of Canalucum on April 19.

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