RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Jair Bolsonaro, a number one presidential candidate in Brazil, was stabbed throughout a marketing campaign occasion on Thursday, although officers and his son mentioned the damage was not life-threatening.
Quite a few movies on social media confirmed Bolsonaro, whose far-right platform contains cracking down on crime in Latin America’s largest nation, being stabbed with a knife to the decrease a part of his abdomen. In the intervening time of the assault, Bolsonaro was on the shoulders of a supporter, looking on the crowd and giving a thumbs up along with his left hand.
After the assault, he’s seen flinching after which goes out of view. Different movies present supporters carrying him to a automotive.
Police spokesman Flavio Santiago confirmed to The Related Press that Bolsonaro had been stabbed and that his attacker was arrested.
Santiago mentioned Bolsonaro was taken to a hospital in Juiz de Fora, a metropolis about 125 miles (200 kilometers) north of Rio de Janeiro, and was in good situation.
Santiago mentioned the attacker was recognized as Adelio Bispo de Oliveira, and that he was crushed up badly by Bolsonaro supporters after the assault. Extra details about de Oliveira wasn’t instantly accessible.
Bolsonaro’s son, Flavio Bolsonaro posted on Twitter that his father is doing superb.
The wound “was superficial and he’s OK,” wrote Flavio, who additionally requested for prayers for the household.
A press release from federal police mentioned the candidate had bodyguards. Within the movies, Bolsonaro doesn’t look like sporting a protecting vest.
“This episode is gloomy,” President Michel Temer instructed reporters in Brasilia. “We received’t have a rule of legislation if we now have intolerance.”
Bolsonaro, a former Military captain, is second within the polls to ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has been barred from working however continues to enchantment.
Regardless of being a congressman since 1991, Bolsonaro is working as an outsider able to upend the institution.
Whereas he has a robust following, Bolsonaro can be a deeply polarizing determine. He has been fined, and even confronted expenses, for derogatory statements towards ladies, blacks and gays.
He additionally speaks nostalgically concerning the nation’s 1964-1985 army dictatorship and has promised to fill his authorities with present and former army leaders. His vice presidential working mate is a retired common.
Earlier this week, Bolsonaro mentioned throughout a marketing campaign occasion that he wish to shoot corrupt members of the Staff’ Social gathering. The remark prompted a direct rebuke the lawyer common, who requested Bolsonaro to clarify that remark.
Different candidates shortly denounced the assault.
“Politics is finished by dialogue and by convincing, by no means with hate,” tweeted Gerado Alckmin, former governor of Sao Paulo who has targeted destructive adverts on Bolsonaro.
Fernando Haddad, who is predicted to take da Silva’s place on the Staff’ Social gathering’s ticket, known as the assault “absurd and regrettable.”