RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- 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
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
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
Oliveira was expected to return to Brazil as soon as her doctors allow.
According to relatives, she is still in shock.