Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro stabbed during rally

. Sep 06, 2018
Jair Bolsonaro stabbed during rally Jair Bolsonaro stabbed during rally

Right-wing presidential hopeful Jair Bolsonaro was stabbed in the stomach this afternoon during a campaign rally in Juiz de Fora, in the state of Minas Gerais. While being carried on the shoulders of supporters through the town center, Mr. Bolsonaro was attacked by a member of the public wielding a kitchen knife. The candidate is currently stable after undergoing surgery.

</p> <p>The perpetrator was detained and has been identified as Adélio Bispo de Oliveira, 40. According to information on the scene, he was badly beaten and has been taken to the hospital. According to the police report, while being carted away the suspect said he was &#8220;fulfilling an order from God.&#8221; The Federal Police will now open an investigation into the crime.</p> <p>Mr. Bolsonaro was taken to the Santa Casa Hospital in Juiz de Fora, where he underwent surgery in order to fix an injury to his mesenteric artery and large intestine. He is currently stable after surgery and out of immediate serious risk.</p> <p>Mr. Bolsonaro is the current presidential front-runner in all <a href="">opinion polls</a>, after former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva saw his candidacy blocked by the electoral courts last Friday.</p> <p>His fellow candidates have spoken out on social media condemning the attack. Geraldo Alckmin, of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party, declared that, &#8220;politics is done with dialogue and persuasion, never with hate.&#8221; Centrist candidate Marina Silva called the incident &#8220;an attack on [Mr. Bolsonaro&#8217;s] physical integrity, and an attack on democracy.&#8221;</p> <p>Mr. Bolsonaro&#8217;s running mate, General Hamilton Mourão, falsely attributed the attack to the Workers&#8217; Party and claimed Lula should &#8220;pay the price.&#8221; &#8220;If they want to use violence, we [the military] are the professionals of violence.&#8221;</p> <p>According to Brazil&#8217;s highest electoral authority, Adélio Bispo de Oliveira, the perpetrator of the attack, is not currently affiliated to any political party. He was, however, a member of the left-wing Socialism and Liberty Party until 2014. On social media, Mr. Bispo de Oliveira published several posts criticizing Mr. Bolsonaro, as well as spreading conspiracy theories in connection to freemasonry. The president of the Federation of Federal Police Agents stated that after restraining Mr. Bispo de Oliveira, the officers on the scene &#8220;had doubts about his psychological integrity.&#8221;</p> <p>The incident is the latest in a <a href="">long line of violent acts</a> against prominent politicians in Brazil in 2018, many of them inextricably linked to October’s general elections. On March 14, left-wing socialist councilwoman Marielle Franco was brutally assassinated on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, and less than two weeks later, the campaign bus of former president Lula was shot at as it drove on a highway in the state of Paraná.</p> <p>Speaking to <strong>The Brazilian Report</strong>, political scientist and University of São Paulo professor José Alvaro Moisés stated that Brazil is experiencing a &#8220;return to violence in politics.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;Recent Brazilian politics has seen an increase of intolerance and an enormous difficulty of its principal actors to coexist and accept the legitimacy of opponents who think differently from them. These factors generate violence,&#8221; he says.

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(This article has been updated on Sep. 6, at 8:11 pm – Brazilian time)

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