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Brazilian Police Arrest Neo-Nazis Over Gay Pride Bombing

Jim Burroway

December 5th, 2009

Police in São Paulo have arrested seven members of a Brazilian neo-Nazi group linked to a June 14 bombing during a gay pride parade that injured twenty-two people:

The four men and three women arrested are members of the “Hooligan Impact” group suspected of setting off a homemade bomb inside a bar in the city’s gay district after a gay pride parade, according to the police’s Racial Crimes and Hate Crime unit.

…They will be charged with organised crime and with injuring 12 people, police said, adding that only 12 of the 22 injured people came forth to press charges after the bombing.

Police tracked down the suspects from a threatening email sent to the parade’s organiser. The message led to a neo-Nazi website with photographs of its members that were then compared to pictures taken near the bar that was attacked.

Police are investigating whether the group is involved in the murder of a 35-year-old man during the parade.

Last April, a Brazilian advocacy group Grupo Gay da Bahia (GGB) claimed that, based on news reports, murders of LGBT people were up sharply in 2008.

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