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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Bar With The Name Of 'Osama Bin Laden' In Brazil Attracts Tourists And Media

Football fans heading to Brazil this summer for 2014 FIFA World Cup may be in for a surprise when they stumble across the "Osama Bin Laden " bar in Sao Paulo- a local watering hole that has attracted international media attention over its name. The establishment, named after the late Al-Qaeda leader, is run by Bin Laden lookalike, Ceara Francisco Helder Braga Fernandes. He had opened the business years ago, but renamed it after the September 11, 2001 attack on New York city, the Guardian reported. It is located 'just down the road' from the FIFA Fan Fest venue in Anhangabao, according to Andrew Creelman, a British blogger who resides in Sao Paulo. After 9/11, the US sparked an international manhunt for the man behind the attacks. reportedly leading an alarmed customer at Fernandes's bar to alert police that terrorist leader was laying low in Brazil as barman.
It was, of course, not Bin Laden, but Fernandes himself, and the case of mistaken identity launched into the local celebrity sphere, according to the Guardian. He now dubs himself " Francisco Laden" and serves a host of metal heads and rockers who enjoy their drinks at the sound track of Led Zeppelin and Black Stabbath. The Huffington Post calls the bar "All kinds of offensive" while Fox News calls it a "controversial establishment". Brazil is home to nearly dozen establishments named after late Al-Qaeda leader including a restaurant called Bin Laden and Family. But the Fernandes and others do not know the mind set of Al-Qaeda, they would not like the bars and wine shops to be named after their late leader. They takes it an insult and humiliating act for the leader. They can blast the establishments any time.

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