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Gay man dies from attack by neo-Nazis

March 28, 2012 at 8:49 AM
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SANTIAGO, Chile, March 28 (UPI) -- A gay Chilean man who was brutally attacked near a Santiago park by a group of neo-Nazis has died of his injuries, hospital officials said.

Daniel Zamudio, 24, had been in a coma since March 3rd when his attackers burned him with cigarettes, cut his ear open and carved swastikas into his skin, The Santiago Times reported Wednesday.

His case prompted the gay rights group Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation to push for legislation providing greater protection for Chile's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual community.

Movement spokesman Jaime Prada said Zamudio was "a victim of intolerance, of homophobia, and of the hate that some have grown."

Last week, police arrested four people in connection with the attack.

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