[Marxism] Sign of the times -- open season on gay immigrants

Joaquin Bustelo jbustelo at gmail.com
Tue Dec 9 20:09:45 MST 2008

Or rather, immigrants believed to be gay.

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The two brothers from Ecuador had attended a church party and had stopped at
a bar afterward. They may have been a bit tipsy as they walked home in the
dead of night, arm-in-arm, leaning close to each other, a common tableau of
men in Latino cultures, but one easily misinterpreted by the biased mind.

Suddenly a car drew up. It was 3:30 a.m. Sunday, and the intersection of
Bushwick Avenue and Kossuth Place in Bushwick, Brooklyn, a half-block from
the brothers' apartment, was nearly deserted - but not quite. Witnesses, the
police said, heard some of what happened next.

Three men came out of the car shouting at the brothers, Jose and Romel
Sucuzhanay - something ugly, anti-gay and anti-Latino. Vulgarisms against
Hispanics and gay men were heard by witnesses, the police said. One man
approached Jose Sucuzhanay, 31, the owner of a real estate agency who has
been in New York a decade, and broke a beer bottle over the back of his
head. He went down hard.

Romel Sucuzhanay, 38, who is visiting from Ecuador on a two-month visa,
bounded over a parked car and ran as the man with the broken bottle came at
him. A distance away, he looked back and saw a second assailant beating his
prone brother with an aluminum baseball bat, striking him repeatedly on the
head and body. The man with the broken bottle turned back and joined the
beating and kicking.

"They used a baseball bat," said Diego Sucuzhanay, another brother. "I guess
the goal was to kill him."

At least five calls were made to 911. As police sirens wailed in the
distance, the assailants, described only as black men by the police, jumped
into their maroon or red-orange Honda sport utility vehicle and sped away.
Jose Sucuzhanay was declared brain dead on Tuesday after suffering extensive
brain damage and skull fractures, according to law enforcement officials. He
was kept on life support at Elmhurst Hospital Center, while his family
decides whether to donate his organs, a law enforcement official said.


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