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Chilean Gay Man in Coma After Brutal Neo-Nazi Assault

Chilean Gay Man in Coma After Brutal Neo-Nazi Assault

 

Chilean leaders have condemned a brutal attack on a gay man over the weekend that left him so badly beaten that he has had to be put into a medically induced coma.

Twenty-four year-old Daniel Zamudio had to be treated for severe head trauma and a broken right leg suffered in Saturday’s beating, and reports also say that Zamudio suffered a number of strokes as a result of the attack. A swastika was drawn on the victim’s chest and as a result of this, and reports of prior harassment, the assault is believed to have been perpetrated by a group of neo-Nazis.

The AP reports that a number of Chile’s political figures have now spoken out against the attacks:

Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter posted a message on his Twitter account Tuesday saying he repudiated the homophobic attack and expressed “total solidarity” with Zamudio. Hinzpeter recently said Chile should consider enacting a hate crime law to deal with such attacks.

Opposition politician Gabriel Silver also condemned the beating and urged the government to move quickly on the anti-discrimination legislation.

Meanwhile the victim’s parents, Ivan and Jacqueline Zamudio, have told the press that this attack isn’t the first time their son has been assaulted, saying that he had previously been harassed by a neo-Nazi group.

Doctors are optimistic that Zamudio should recover, but that the next few days will be critical.

From The Santiago Times:

Daniel Zamundio is still in the ICU at Posta Central, but the hospital’s director, Emilio Villalon, expects the man to recover.

Villalon told the press that Zamundio has been progressing favorably, but the next 48 hours are crucial.

“His evolution has been favorable and it seems he seems like he will improve,” Villalon said. “[The wounds] in a few months will be nothing but small scars. They are not too deep.”

Puerto Rican-born singer Ricky Martin has also taken to Twitter to condemn the attack, saying: ”No more hatred, no more discrimination. I hope that justice is done NOW. Lots of light to Daniel and his whole family.”

The attack has produced new calls for a hate crimes law to be enacted among other specific nondiscrimination provisions to cover the country’s gay population.

 

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7:55AM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

That's horrible! I hope the man recovers soon. It's pathetic to attack someone over their sexual orientation.

2:59PM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

Excellent.

12:54PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

How very sad and sickening. My heart is breaking for this man. Nobody deserves this. I hope they catch AND seriously punish these people.

8:03PM PST on Mar 9, 2012

I made a video about why Homosexuals should have equal rights.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdK5ETOJusw

Watch it, share it, and join the fight against the evil Homophobes.

2:10PM PST on Mar 9, 2012

That's terrible! Nobody should ever be victimized and treated that way and certainly not for their sexual orientation. It's sickening to see how some people can be so hateful and violent and that many are also clinging onto the inhumane, outdated ideologies of the Nazi's. Hitler's dead and gone, get over it!

12:12PM PST on Mar 9, 2012

Sickening.

12:08PM PST on Mar 9, 2012

Appalling brutality. I hope these neo-Nazi thugs are hunted down and jailed. Everything they are and stand for is vile and disgusting.

9:44AM PST on Mar 9, 2012

Spero tanto vengano catturati i colpevoli e BASTONATI.

8:01AM PST on Mar 9, 2012

so sad--each person not accepted diminishes us all

7:56AM PST on Mar 9, 2012

Some countries have very rigid views of "manhood" - making it excruciating for those who don't conform. So sad that such violence becomes a way of "proving" one's manliness

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