Attacker stabs Brazil’s presidential candidate

Minnie Murray
September 9, 2018

Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right candidate in Brazil's presidential election, was stabbed at a campaign event on Thursday.

Santiago said the attacker was identified as Adelio Bispo de Oliveira.

A Twitter user posted an extremely clear video of the stabbing. the video shows Bolsonaro being carried on the shoulders of supporters, when he suddenly grabs his midsection and goes down. He was rushed to an area hospital where his son said he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Bolsonaro, whose trademark pose at rallies is a "guns up" gesture with both hands to make them resemble pistols, has said he would encourage police to kill suspected drug gang members and other armed criminals with abandon.

According to a voter survey released on Wednesday, the rightist would finish first in the October 7 election if imprisoned former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, whose candidacy was declared invalid by election authorities does not participate, but he would lose in a runoff.

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. Local media said he was rounded on and beaten by Bolsonaro supporters.

Moments before Jair Bolsonaro was stabbed during a campaign rally in Juiz de Fora, Brazil.

He is undergoing surgery, according to a statement from the local hospital where he was admitted.

An elite team of doctors from Sao Paulo is en route to the city to take over the care for Bolsonaro, who leads first-round polling in the latest election surveys ahead of next month's elections.

Flavio Bolsonaro, a state legislator who is running for a seat in the federal Senate, rejected the idea that his father incited the attack, saying the candidate was engaged in a campaign of ideas.

President Michel Temer quickly condemned the attack and instructed his Minister of Security Raul Jungmann to reinforce security for candidates and conduct "a rigorous investigation", a spokesman for the presidency told AFP.

Environmentalist candidate Marina Silva said the attack must be investigated and the perpetrators punished.

"I ask that you pray for him".

Other presidential candidates quickly denounced the stabbing and many of them chose to suspend their campaign events Friday.

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. 'They made Bolsonaro a martyr, ' said Jonatan Valente, a student.

Fernando Haddad, who is likely to replace Lula as the Workers Party presidential candidate, said the stabbing was a "shame" and a "horror".

Eduardo Bolsonaro said his father was stabbed in the abdomen.

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