Brazil: far-right presidential candidate Bolsonaro seriously injured with knife

Brazil: far-right presidential candidate Bolsonaro seriously injured with knife

Far-right MP Jair Bolsonaro, favorite in Brazil’s first round of presidential elections next month, underwent emergency surgery on Thursday after being stabbed in the abdomen while campaigning.

Brazil: Bolsonaro, far-right presidential candidate, stabbed

Far-right MP Jair Bolsonaro, favorite in Brazil’s first round of presidential elections next month, underwent emergency surgery on Thursday after being stabbed in the abdomen while campaigning.

One of his sons, Flavio Bolsonaro, deputy of the State of Rio de Janeiro, who announced the attack and had initially mentioned on Twitter “superficial injuries”, then wrote on his account: “Unfortunately, it’s more serious than we thought ”.

“He had his liver, lung, and part of his intestine perforated. He lost a lot of blood, ”he explained. His condition now appears to have stabilized. Let us pray for him ”.

The hospital in the city of Juiz de Fora, a town of 700,000 inhabitants in the state of Minais Gerais (south-east) where the candidate was attacked, however denied shortly after Mr. Bolsonaro’s liver was affected. .

According to the Santa Casa hospital, quoted by the G1 site, Mr. Bolsonaro, 63, suffered from the intestine, but not the liver, and his condition was deemed “stable”. The establishment announced that the patient was operated on urgently.

Doctors were to make a statement at 8:30 p.m. local (11:30 p.m. GMT).

A spokesman for the Minas Gerais military police told AFP that the suspect, a 40-year-old man, was immediately arrested. He specified that the perpetrator of the attack “carried a knife wrapped in a cloth”.

According to several news sites, the attacker is a former activist of the leftist party PSOL and said to have acted “in the name of God”.

Television footage showed Mr. Bolsonaro, perched on the shoulders of supporters, receiving a violent blow under the thorax. He collapsed back with a grimace of pain, before being evacuated.

He was in the countryside, wearing a yellow T-shirt and waving to the crowd on a crowded street in Juiz de Fora, a three-hour drive from Rio de Janeiro, when he was assaulted, a rare occurrence in a presidential campaign in Brazil.

Mr. Bolsonaro had police protection, as a presidential candidate.

A great admirer of the military dictatorship (1964-85) and accustomed to racist, misogynistic or homophobic slippages, he is far ahead of the voting intentions of the first round of the presidential election (22%).

This was indicated by the first poll carried out after the invalidation of the candidacy of ex-president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, until then a big favorite despite his sentence to more than 12 years in prison for corruption.

Mr Bolsonaro of the small Liberal Social Party (PSL), however, would be beaten by almost all of his opponents in the second round, according to the opinion poll released late Wednesday.

“Exemplary punishment”

The former army captain is also the candidate receiving the most rejection, especially among women, with 44% of those polled saying they would never vote for him.

President Michel Temer and the most prominent candidates for the election quickly condemned the attack on the far-right MP.

“It is intolerable to see that in a democratic state it is not possible to have a normal campaign,” said the head of state.

The ecologist Marina Silva, in 2nd position in the polls behind Mr. Bolsonaro (12% of the voting intentions) for the first round, judged this attack “inadmissible” and mentioned “a double attack, against his physical integrity and against the democracy”.

PSDB candidate (center right) Geraldo Alckmin reacted on Twitter by saying that “politics is done through dialogue, and never with hatred”.

The ex-governor of Sao Paulo hoped that “the investigation into the attack on MP Jair Bolsonaro will be swift, and the punishment exemplary”, while wishing a “speedy recovery to the candidate”.

Another candidate, Ciro Gomes (center left), in a tweet also rejected “violence as political language” and expressed his “solidarity” to the deputy. He demanded that “the authorities punish those responsible for this barbarism”.

The attack on Mr. Bolsonaro could change the course of the campaign, but it also risks accentuating the country’s great polarization one month before the most uncertain presidential election in recent history.

(With AFP)