“We repudiate this attack of hate, which deserves all legal and social sanction.”
A young Jewish gay advocate was attacked in a park in Santiago, Chile, by three men wearing neo-Nazi symbols. The men punched him in the neck and slashed his arms and legs with a razor more than 40 times.
Jorge Arce was walking through Bustamante Park wearing a t-shirt with the Israeli flag on it, when the three assailants yelled “murderer” and attacked him.
A representative for MOVILH called the attack “an act of anti-Semitic and homophobic aggression.”
“We repudiate this attack of hate, which deserves all legal and social sanction… We will support the legal actions that the Jewish community decides to initiate [and have] always supported and shown solidarity with the victims of homophobia.”
In 2012, Daniel Zamudio, a young gay man, was tortured and murdered in San Borja Park in downtown Santiago by four attackers linked to neo-Nazi groups. His death and the subsequent media attention it sparked led to the passage of anti-discrimination laws in Chile, as well as a greater discussion of LGBT rights in the country.
While Chile’s hate-crime laws cover gender identity and sexual orientation, and gay men may donate blood, same-sex marriage and adoption are still not legal. President Michelle Bachelet said she would send a marriage equality bill to Congress in the first half of 2017.