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Killing of Witness Rattles Mexico's 'Dirty War' Probe

The killing of a government witness in the investigation of Mexico’s so-called dirty war has produced fear among other potential witnesses, according to representatives of victims’ families and human rights officials. “There is a new climate of terror; this is a threat to our association and others who have testified about the crimes of the police and military,” said Julio Mata Montiel, a human rights official with a group representing families of people who disappeared during the government’s campaign of brutal repression against activists, many of them farmers and students, from the 1960s through the 1980s. The body of Zacarias Barrientos Peralta, 55, was found on Nov. 26 near Acapulco, the resort city in the state of Guerrero. He had been shot eight times. Prosecutors said that in the 1970s, Barrientos, a farmer, had been kidnapped by Mexican security forces, then tortured and forced to inform on rebels for more than two years. Full Story

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