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Brazil urges Switzerland to sternly deal with attack on pregnant Brazilian
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13:46, February 13, 2009

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Brazil's Foreign Minister Celso Amorim on Thursday called on Switzerland to sternly deal with an alleged racist attack on a pregnant Brazilian woman near Zurich.

According to the Ministry, the charge d'affaires of the Swiss embassy had been summoned, and Amorim also contacted Vitoria Cleaver, Brazil's consul-general in Zurich, who will meet with local authorities Thursday to discuss the case.

Lawyer Paula Oliveira, 26, was attacked by three skinheads when she was returning home from work. One of the men reportedly had a Nazi swastika on his neck.

She suffered razor cuts on her face, back, legs and abdomen, and was repeatedly kicked and punched.

Oliveira said that she suffered a miscarriage of the 11-week-old fetuses of twins.

The attackers also slashed the initials SVP all over Oliveira's body. The letters are the acronym for the country's largest right-wing party, Switzerland's People's Party, which supports a severe no-immigrant stance.

On the day of the attack, Switzerland approved an expanded labor deal with the European Union that allows the bloc's citizens to live and work in the country.

Oliveira was expected to return to Brazil as soon as her doctors allow. According to relatives, she is still in shock.


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