Published: Sun, September 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Brazilian Front-Runner Jair Bolsonaro Stabbed on Campaign Trail

Brazilian Front-Runner Jair Bolsonaro Stabbed on Campaign Trail

Brazilian far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro has been stabbed while he was campaigning in the city of Juiz de Fora, about 200km north of Rio de Janeiro.

"His internal wounds were grave and put the patient's life at risk", said Luiz Henrique Borsato, the doctor who operated on Bolsonaro.

Military police have arrested a suspect who had to be rescued after angry crowds tried to lynch him - he has been identified as Adélio Bispo de Oliveira.

"If he'd been farther from the hospital or in a city that was unprepared, he'd probably have died", his son Eduardo, a fellow lawmaker, said by phone.

He has spent three decades in Congress and routinely says that Brazilian police should kill suspected drug traffickers and other criminals at will.

He is also now second in Brazil's presidential polls, trailing only former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who is in jail and has been barred from running for another term.

"Our agents there said the attacker was 'on a mission from God, '" Boudens said.

But Flavio Bolsonaro, the candidate's son, said earlier on Friday outside the hospital where his father was that the attack was a political boost.

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

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But violence is rare against national political figures, even in the extremely heated political climate that has engulfed Brazil in recent years.

Air Bolsonaro was injured with a knife during an event in support of the state of Minas Gerais.

The former army captain openly praises Brazil's 1964-85 dictatorship and has long argued the country is in chaos and needs a strong hand.

But Bolsonaro also faces trial before the Supreme Court for speech prosecutors claim incited hate and rape.

The pictures show Bolsonaro appearing to scream in pain, then falling backward into the arms of those around him.

Image copyright ReutersImage caption Stabbing suspect Adelio Obispo de Oliveira was grabbed by members of the crowd Image copyright EPAImage caption It took the crowd some moments to realise Jair Bolsonaro, top right, had been stabbed What has been the reaction? He has called the charges politically motivated.

A few people gathered outside the hospital where Bolsonaro was treated Thursday night where the scene was calm.

Bolsonaro's rivals in the race expressed outrage at the attack.

The attack is likely to have a major impact on the remaining four weeks of the campaign, from how candidates interact with supporters to their message. Former Environment Minister Marina Silva and left-wing candidate Ciro Gomes each have 12 percent while former governor of Sao Paulo, Geraldo Alckmin, has 9 percent.

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