Jair Bolsonaro: Brazil's far-right presidential hopeful stabbed at campaign event

Jair Bolsonaro: Brazil's far-right presidential hopeful stabbed at campaign event

Jair Bolsonaro: Brazil's far-right presidential hopeful stabbed at campaign event

"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.

Bolsonaro, a retired Army captain, is running as the law-and-order candidate and positioned himself as the anti-politician despite having spent almost three decades in Congress where he has managed to author just a few laws.

Police said the suspected attacker was in custody. In an article previous year calling him "Brazil's Donald Trump", The Economistdescribed Bolsonaro as a "religious nationalist and former army captain, he is anti-gay, pro-gun, and an apologist for dictators who tortured and killed Brazilians between 1964 and 1985".

Bolsonaro faces trial before the Supreme Court for speech that prosecutors said incited hate and rape.

Bolsonaro, like Lula da Silva, is revered by some but despised by others, reflecting the stark political polarization now gripping the South American nation.

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According to diario26.com, Oliveira is an "activist" who was affiliated with the Socialism and Freedom Party (PSOL) in Minas Gerais between 2007 and 2014.

"We do not know if it was politically motivated", Corporal Vitor Albuquerque, a spokesman for the local police, said by telephone.

After his arrest, Bispo de Oliveira said he was "carrying out a divine mission, a mission from God", said Luis Boundens, head of a union of federal police officers. Vitor Albuquerque, a spokesperson for the local police.

Images shared on social media and Brazilian television showed Bolsonaro being carried on the shoulders of a throng of supporters, before a man lunges at his stomach.

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.

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Other presidential candidates quickly denounced the stabbing and many of them chose to suspend their campaign events Friday.

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

Leftist candidates running against Bolsonaro have come out against the violent attack.

Fernando Haddad, who is expected to take da Silva's place on the Workers' Party's ticket, called the attack "absurd and regrettable".

President Michel Temer and Bolsonaro's electoral rivals Ciro Gomes, Marina Silva, and Geraldo Alckmin all expressed disdain of the violence.

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