Published: Sun, September 09, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Jair Bolsonaro aspirant survives Stab wounds

Jair Bolsonaro aspirant survives Stab wounds

Brazilian presidential elections were jolted on Thursday (Sept 6) when the leading candidate, controversial former army officer Jair Bolsonaro, was stabbed during a street rally in the country's heartland.

His son, Flavio, said that his father was "almost dead" when he was admitted, but his condition was later reported to be stable.

Videos from the event show that Bolsonaro was sitting on someone's shoulders when an unidentified person stabbed him in the stomach. He must rely on social media and raucous rallies around the country to drum up support, events he is now unlikely to attend for some weeks.

Jair Bolsonaro, the frontrunner in Brazil's presidential election, dubbed "the Trump of the tropics" by some media, has been stabbed, his son told the media.

According to Bloomberg, "Brazil's stocks and the currency rose as investors saw potential sympathy votes for Bolsonaro as he recovers and some damage to his left-wing contenders".

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

She said: "His condition is unstable, very serious, bleeding continues".

Flavio Bolsonaro - who initially described his father's wounds as superficial - later tweeted that the 63-year-old suffered injuries to the liver, lung and intestine and had "lost a lot of blood".

And earlier this year, Marielle Franco, a Rio city councilwoman who was an outspoken critic of police violence against slum residents, was assassinated.

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He has long espoused taking a radical stance on public security in Brazil, which has more homicides than any other country, according to United Nations statistics, and has openly praised Brazil's military dictatorship, which he has said should have killed more people.

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

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

"This incident increases Bolsonaro's election chances", said Mr Richard Back, head of Latin America political strategy at XP Investimentos.

The attacker was arrested immediately and identified as Adelio Bispo de Oliveira, 40 - said to have been a member of the left-leaning PSOL party.

Bolsonaro was waving to the crowd when he suddenly clutched his abdomen and cried out in pain before falling backwards into the arms of those around him.

Bolsonaro did have bodyguards, but the suspect was able to sneak through the crowd and take advantage of the chaotic scene and get to the candidate.

"It's likely that Bolsonaro will use the attack to argue his opponents are desperate, that they had no other way to stop him", said Mauricio Santoro, a political science professor at Rio de Janeiro's state university.

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