After anti-Muslim attack, Brazilians shower victim with love

Rio de Janeiro – When a video went viral of a racist attack on a Muslim street food vendor in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilians wondered gloomily: had their country also been swept up in a global wave of xenophobia?

The answer – a flood of love transforming the humble vendor into a folk hero and, on Thursday, the recipient of a city award – was a heartwarming no.

But the truth may be a little more complicated.

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