3:18 pm - 04/02/2012

Britney Spears fan dies after being beaten and burned for being gay.

Daniel Zamudio, a big Britney fan, was beaten for an hour, burned with cigarettes, and had Nazi symbols carved into his body at a park in Santiago, Chile because he was gay and died from those injuries early last week.

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera addressed the incident this week.

“We want to reiterate today that we have made a commitment. We are not going to tolerate any kind of discrimination against Chilean citizens based on their socioeconomic status, their religion or sexual orientation,” he said.

After Zamudio died, authorities raised the charges against Raul Lopez Fuentes, 25, Patricio Ahumada Garay, 25, Alejandro Angulo Tapia, 26, and Fabian Mora Mora, 19, to aggravated murder.

As a government, we did this in the name of millions of Chileans who, after the murder of Daniel Zamudio, feel that Chile has to change,” regional Gov. Cecilia Perez said.

On Friday, the United Nations added its call for passage of an anti-discrimination law.

“We deplore the violent criminal act that took the life of this young man and urge the Chilean Congress to pass a law against discrimination, including on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, in full compliance with relevant international human rights standards,” said Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the U.N. high commissioner for human rights.

“The case should be seen in the wider context of hate-motivated violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons around the world,” he added.

A few gems from the comment section over at CNN:

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forcestrong 2nd-Apr-2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
The Palestinian Israel conflict.
The ongoing struggle between Israelis and Palestinians that began in the early 20th century. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, 13,000 Israelis and Palestinians were killed in conflict with each other between 1948 and 1997. Other estimations give 14,500 killed between 1948–2009. Palestinian fatalities during the 1982 Lebanon War were 2,000 PLO combatants killed in armed conflict with Israel. (source)

Pakistan and India.
After the dissolution of the British Raj in 1947, two new sovereign nations were formed—the Union of India and the Dominion of Pakistan. The subsequent partition of the former British India displaced up to 12.5 million people, with estimates of loss of life varying from several hundred thousand to a million. India emerged as a secular nation with a Hindu majority population and a large Muslim minority while Pakistan was established as an Islamic republic with an overwhelming Muslim majority population.

Sikh pogroms
The 1984 anti-Sikh riots were four days of violence in northern India, particularly Delhi, during which armed mobs killed Sikhs, looted and set fire to Sikh homes, businesses and schools, and attacked gurdwaras, in response to the assassination of then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards.

In the 1970s, during the Indian Emergency, thousands of Sikhs campaigning for autonomous government were imprisoned. The sporadic violence continued as a result of an armed Sikh separatist group which was designated as a terrorist entity by the government of India. In June 1984, during Operation Blue Star, Indira Gandhi ordered the Indian Army to secure the Golden Temple and eliminate any insurgents, as it had been occupied by Sikh Separatists who were stockpiling weapons.

Nigerian conflicts.
Inter-ethnic conflict in Nigeria has generally had a religious element. Riots against Igbo in 1953 and in the 1960s in the north were said to be fired by religious conflict. The riots against Igbo in the north in 1966 were said to have been inspired by radio reports of mistreatment of Muslims in the south. A military coup d'état led by lower and middle-ranking officers, some of them Igbo, overthrew the NPC-NCNC dominated government. Prime Minister Balewa along with other northern and western government officials were assassinated during the coup. The coup was considered an Igbo plot to overthrow the northern dominated government. A counter-coup was launched by mostly northern troops. Between June and July there was a mass exodus of Ibo from the north and west. Over 1.3 million Ibo fled the neighboring regions in order to escape persecution as anti-Ibo riots increased.

In the 1980s, serious outbreaks between Christians and Muslims occurred in Kafanchan in southern Kaduna State in a border area between the two religions.

The 2010 Jos riots saw clashes between Muslim herders against Christian farmers near the volatile city of Jos, resulting in hundreds of casualties. Officials estimated that 500 people were massacred in night-time raids by rampaging Muslim gangs.

Buddhist Uprising
During the rule of the Catholic Ngo Dinh Diem, the discrimination against the majority Buddhist population generated the growth of Buddhist institutions as they sought to participate in national politics and gain better treatment. The Buddhist Uprising of 1966 was a period of civil and military unrest in South Vietnam, largely focused in the I Corps area in the north of the country in central Vietnam.

Chinese conflicts.
Xinjiang's Hui population increased by over 520 percent between 1940 and 1982, an average annual growth of 4.4 percent, while the Uyghur population only grew at 1.7 percent. This dramatic increase in Hui population led inevitably to significant tensions between the Hui and Uyghur Muslim populations. Some old Uyghurs in Kashgar remember that the Hui army at the Battle of Kashgar (1934) massacred 2,000 to 8,000 Uyghurs.
cinco_series 2nd-Apr-2012 10:18 pm (UTC)
The Palestinian Israel conflict is not a religious war. It is a war for independance (for the Palestinians) or for the creation/safety of a State (for Israelis). There are muslims and christians among the palestinians and they are both represented in the many fighting groups.

The Nigerian conflict is much more larger than religion. There are tens of ethnic groups and the 3 main groups are fighting over power and control of oil. Even in your post, it is said that it is an inter-ethnic conflict.

I wouldn't consider the Sikh pogroms as a war.

The Buddhist Uprising is surrounded by the whole context of communism vs capitalism, North Vietnam vs South Vietnam, China/Russia vs USA/Western countries.

All in all, religion is sometimes a factor but there are few wars based solely on it. And the most terrible wars of our century have not been based on religion (WWI, WWII, Iran/Irak,...)
skankattack 2nd-Apr-2012 10:20 pm (UTC)
The Palestinian Israel conflict is 100% about religion.
cinco_series 2nd-Apr-2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
lol NO. Of course, some people would love to reduce the Palestinian movement to a simple matter of crazy muslim terrorists. That's not the case.
skankattack 2nd-Apr-2012 10:27 pm (UTC)
That's not what I said or even implied.
cinco_series 2nd-Apr-2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
Well then your comment looked a lot like the usual anti-palestine propaganda.
piratesswoop 2nd-Apr-2012 10:47 pm (UTC)
lmao why can't you just admit that you're wrong
forcestrong 2nd-Apr-2012 11:07 pm (UTC)

All of their deaths because of the religious conflicts 'don't count' because you don't consider them warish enough or exclusive the religious enough. The people of one religion killing hundreds/thousands/millions of other people in another religious group doesn't merit notice if they also wanted the power that religious group had or they also hated their economic policies, too. Jesus fucking Christ.

And you still aren't explaining your arbitrary 200 year limit. It's basically to exclude the obvious ones I mentioned. Those millions of deaths don't count either because... it was so long ago, so who cares?

So basically, you won't accept any evidence to the contrary. You'll just keep moving those goal posts.
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