Brazilian presidential candidate stabbed while campaigning

Pauline Gross
September 8, 2018

Images on Brazilian television and social media showed Mr Bolsonaro being carried on the shoulders of a throng of supporters, before a man lunges at his stomach. Supporters can then be seen beating up the suspect. "Voters may be awakened to the thought that politicians who propose loosening gun laws, for example, end up giving unbridled power to insane people, like the man who carried out the attack yesterday".

A suspect identified as 40-year-old Adélio Bispo de Oliveira was arrested on the scene, police confirmed.

"Our agents there said the attacker said he was 'on a mission from God, '" said Luis Boudens, president of the National Federation of Federal Police.

De Oliveira was beaten badly by Bolsonaro supporters after the attack.

Now leading the polls in Brazil, Bolsonaro was caught on a number of cameras collapsing and clutching his stomach as the assailant struck him in his lower half, before he was rushed to hospital by auto.

Flavio initially posted on Twitter that the injury was minor, but later updated with another tweet saying the injury was "worse than we thought".

Flavio said the puncture had hit parts of his father's liver, lung and intestines and he lost a lot of blood.

"He lost a lot of blood, arrived at the hospital with a pressure of 10/3, nearly dead.his condition now seems stabilised". His condition now seems stabilised. Analysts said Thursday's attack may potentially give his candidacy a fresh momentum.

NFL Season Opener: Twitter Reacts To Falcons' Loss To The Eagles
Sullivan can thank Rasul Douglas for bailing him out with a crucial interception at the Eagles' 4 with 12:58 left to play. They pressured Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan into making some pretty bad throws all night.

Tiger Woods off to insane start with season on the line
For Europe, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Alex Noren shot 66s, while man of the moment Bryson DeChambeau shot 67. I'm not going to say it stings too bad because I'd much rather shoot 62 today and win the golf tournament Sunday.

Hazard tips Chelsea for title push under Maurizio Sarri
Of course, I believe we can challenge, especially in the Premier League, as you never know what is going to happen. And the Blues have hit the ground running, winning their first four Premier League games of the season.

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. "We won't have a rule of law if we have intolerance".

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.

Despite being a congressman since 1991, Bolsonaro is running as an outsider ready to upend the establishment.

While Bolsonaro has a strong following, he is a deeply divisive figure. He has been fined, and even faced charges, for derogatory statements toward women, blacks and gays.

The former military officer is considered a far-right populist and is now leading the polls. Lula appealed the electoral court decision that denied his candidacy, but on Thursday, Brazil's Supreme Court rejected it, effectively putting an end to the former president's hopes.

Mr Bolsonaro was campaigning in the city of Juiz de Fora when he was stabbed in the abdomen as he was lifted above the crowd. The comment prompted an immediate rebuke from the attorney general, who asked Bolsonaro to explain that comment.

The attack ocurred as the candidate was moving slowly through a large crowd.

Other reports by GizPress

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER