Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Presidential Candidate Jair Bolsonaro, ‘Brazil’s Donald Trump,’ Is Stabbed

National Social Liberal Party presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro National Social Liberal Party presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro
Leonard Rios | 09 September, 2018, 10:40

Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro was stabbed at a campaign event.

Note, according to experts, Bolsonaro is the main contender for victory in the presidential election.

Jair Bolsonaro is the front-runner and he is in a hospital bed, while the only person thought to be able to beat him is Lula - and he is in a prison cell.

Far-right firebrand Jair Bolsonaro was being carried by supporters when a man lunged at his stomach. The candidate was seen flinching after the attack before going out of view.

A police spokesman confirmed that the attacker was in custody.

Santiago said Bolsonaro was taken to a hospital in Juiz de Fora, a city about 125 miles (200 kilometers) north of Rio de Janeiro, and was in good condition.

After initially saying the candidate was doing fine, he later said the injuries were more serious than first reported but that his father was "stable now".

The wound "was superficial and he is OK", wrote Flavio, who also asked for prayers for the family. Currently, 80 federal police protect five presidential candidates who requested security, and 21 were assigned to Bolsonaro, according to Jungmann.

In a video posted on the Facebook page of a senator who visited him in the hospital, Bolsonaro thanked his doctors in a weak and scratchy voice and said: "I never did harm to anyone".

The former army reserve captain was taken to a local hospital where he underwent emergency surgery for a perforated liver, lung and intestine.

Adelio Bispo de Oliveira is suspected of stabbing Jair Bolsonaro
Adelio Bispo de Oliveira is suspected of stabbing Jair Bolsonaro

Despite being a congressman since 1991, Bolsonaro is running as an outsider ready to upend the establishment.

While Bolsonaro has a strong following, he is a deeply divisive figure.

Mr Bolsonaro has caused outrage among some in Brazil with a number of racist and homophobic comments; as well has his praise for the former 1964-1985 military dictatorship, which was responsible for widespread torture and human rights abuses.

Everyone - including his detractors - has rallied around him to condemn the attack.

Fernando Haddad, who will likely be the leftist Workers Party presidential candidate, said the stabbing was a "shame" and a "horror".

This is not the first time in recent months that violence has touched politicians.

Also that month, Marielle Franco, a black councilwoman in Rio de Janeiro, was shot to death in March along with her driver after attending an event.

Mr Bolsonaro was campaigning in the city of Juiz de Fora when he was stabbed in the abdomen as he was lifted above the crowd.

With jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva ruled out of the 7 October election, the latest polls put Bolsonaro in a clear lead with 22% compared to 12% each for environmentalist Marina Silva and centre-left runner Ciro Gomes.

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