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Brazil club owner blames ‘whole country’

SANTA MARIA, Brazil — The owner of a nightclub in southern Brazil where more than 230 people died in a fire last weekend deflected blame to “the whole country,” as well as to architects and inspectors charged with making sure the building was safe, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Attorney Jader Marques said his client, Elissandro Spohr, “regretted having ever been born” because of his grief over the fire, but he still blamed Sunday’s tragedy on “a succession of errors made by the whole country.”

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