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Suspects Arrested After Carving Swastikas In, Cutting Ear Off Gay Man In Chile

Police in Santiago, Chile, have arrested four men suspected of brutally gay-bashing a young man earlier this month and leaving him in a coma, reports Edge on the Net.

We’re sadly used to reading about vicious attacks, but this one—which took place March 6 in Santiago’s Parque San Borja—is beyond the pale:

Prosecutors maintain that Raúl Alfonso López Fuentes, 25, Alejandro Axel Angulo Tapia, 26, Patricio Iván Ahumada Garay, 25, and Fabián Alexis Mora Mora, 19, brutally attacked Daniel Zamudio, 24, in Parque San Borja on March 6. The suspects allegedly struck Zamudio with bottles, rocks and other blunt objects before they cut off part of his ear, carved swastikas into his chest and burned other parts of his body with cigarettes.

The one bit of good news is that the attack on Zamudio (above) seems to have united much of Chile, including Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter, in calling for more legal protections for the LGBT community.

The foursome—who were arrested on March 9—reportedly called themselves “nazis del Centro” or “the Downtown Nazis.” Clearly they’re not up on the Fuhrer’s ideology or they’d know Nazis aren’t so big on Latinos in general.

Photo via Movilh Chile