Chilean neo-Nazis attack Jewish gay youth with razor

Chilean neo-Nazis attack Jewish gay youth with razor

Three assailants in a Santiago park yell ‘murderer’ before punching, cutting activist wearing Israeli flag T-shirt

Bustamante park in Providencia, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile (CC BY-SA Andrés Reyes, Wikimedia)
Bustamante park in Providencia, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile (CC BY-SA Andrés Reyes, Wikimedia)

RIO DE JANEIRO — A young Jewish and homosexual activist was attacked at a park in Santiago, Chile by three men who carried neo-Nazi symbols.

Jorge Arce was walking Thursday at the Bustamante park wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the flag of Israel that his mother had given him recently. The attackers yelled “murderer” before punching him in the chest and making several razor cuts on his arms and legs, the El Mostrador news site reported.

“I had 40 stitches on my arm. Some will be forever. Just for being Jewish. The pain overwhelms me,” he told the Movement for Integration and Homosexual Liberation, or MOVILH, which called the attack “an anti-Semitic and homophobic aggression.”

Arce is a member of the Hod Jews for Diversity, a Jewish group for sexual minorities and supporters of LGBT rights.

“We want to ensure that the Jewish Community of Chile is permanently concerned so that such acts do not occur in Chile and will take all measures to safeguard the rights of Jews and all minorities who may feel threatened by hate crimes,” read a statement released by the country’s umbrella Jewish organization Comunidad Judia de Chile.

“We repudiate this attack of hate, which deserves all legal and social sanction. Of course we will support the legal actions that the Jewish community decides to initiate, who have always supported and shown solidarity with the victims of homophobia,” declared the MOVILH movement on its web page.

Chile is home to some 15,000 Jews. The country is also believed to host the largest Palestinian community outside of the Arab world, with more than 300,000 members.

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