Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro hurt in knife attack

Blanche Robertson
September 10, 2018

Brazil's far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, who leads opinion polls ahead of the October vote, was stabbed during a rally on Thursday afternoon and is being treated in hospital.

The sentiment was echoed by Flavio Bolsonaro, who tweeted: "Jair Bolsonaro is stronger than ever and ready to be elected President of Brazil in the 1st ROUND!"

Brazilian media said the request centered around charges that Temer - a former vice president who took office after then-president Dilma Rousseff was impeached in 2016 - allegedly received in 2014 a sum of 1.43 million reais (around $240,000) from the construction giant Odebrecht, the company at the center of the huge corruption probe. "Mr Jair Bolsonaro arrived in a very serious condition at hospital with low pressure due to blood loss", surgeon Glaucio Souza said.

Political violence is common at state and city levels in Brazil, most recently with the high-profile assassination of a Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman.

"It was necessary for us to not just treat one point (of entry) but a number of them inside the small intestine", Dr Luiz Henrique said at a news conference.

The stabbing of a leading Brazilian presidential candidate has the potential to reshape the election contest after dramatically exposing the deep polarization in Latin America's largest nation.

"Sadly it is more serious than we thought", he posted, as his father underwent emergency surgery in hospital.

The attack on Bolsonaro, 63, is a dramatic twist in what was already Brazil's most unpredictable election since the country's return to democracy three decades ago.

Bolsonaro is second in the polls to ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who is barred from running due to a criminal conviction for corruption.

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The other presidential candidates were also reportedly quick to denounce the attack.

Police arrested the attacker immediately He was identified as Adelio Bispo de Oliveira, 40, and said to be a member of the left-leaning PSOL party from 2007 to 20014.

Video shared on social media showed a knife appearing from the crowd and striking Bolsonaro in his stomach. The man was arrested in 2013 for another assault, police said.

Currently, 80 federal police protect five presidential candidates who requested security, and 21 were assigned to Bolsonaro, according to Jungmann.

Bolsonaro is running on a tough-on-crime platform and has advocated for looser restrictions on gun ownership in Brazil.

He speaks nostalgically about the country's 1964-1985 military dictatorship and has promised to fill his government with current and former military leaders.

In March, while da Silva was on a campaign tour in southern Brazil before his imprisonment, gunshots hit buses in his caravan.

In the months before the 2016 city council elections in Baixada Fluminense, a region the size of Denmark surrounding Rio de Janeiro, at least 13 politicians or candidates were murdered before ballots were cast.

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