The murder of Daniel Zamudio has provoked outrage in Chile and calls for the government to approve a languishing hate crimes law.

Zamudio died Tuesday night from injuries he received during an attack in a park in Santiago on March 3. Police have arrested 4 suspects who have been charged with beating Zamudio for an hour, burning him with cigarettes and carving Nazi symbols into his body. Officials believe the 24-year-old Zamudio was targeted because he is gay.

His death has prompted outrage in Chile and calls to charge the men allegedly responsible with premeditated murder.

The administration of President Sebastian Pinera has pledged to work toward passage of an anti-discrimination bill which was first proposed in 2005. Evangelical churches have lobbied heavily against the proposed measure, arguing it would lead to the eventual legalization of gay marriage.

“Since Daniel's aggressive murder happened, we've been learning how we are going to construct effective protected society with more love, where no one, no one is discriminated against for any reason. Because all Chileans have the same rights,” Vice President Rodrigo Hinzpeter told reporters.

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