Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Brazil far-right candidate Bolsonaro stabbed, has liver injury

Brazil far-right candidate Bolsonaro stabbed, has liver injury

Hospital officials later said Mr Bolsonaro had suffered a "deep" and life-threatening stab wound in his intestines and was in a "serious but stable" condition. "He lost a lot of blood and was admitted to hospital nearly at death, but now his condition has stabilized", wrote Bolsonaro Jr.

Presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro grimaces right after being stabbed in the stomach during a campaign rally in Juiz de Fora, Brazil, Sept. 6, 2018. A medical team is evaluating whether Mr Bolsonaro can be transferred to another hospital in Sao Paulo.

He has praised Brazil's military dictatorship and said it should kill more people.

Santiago said the attacker was identified as Adelio Bispo de Oliveira, and he was beaten up badly by Bolsonaro supporters after the attack. They said a mob was attempting to lynch the man at the time they arrested him.

Mr Bolsonaro, while a controversial and divisive figure in Brazil, is popular with many investors because he has repeatedly said he would entrust economic policymaking to a free-market champion. He suddenly flinches and then goes out of view.

Dr. Luiz Henrique Borsato, who performed emergency surgery on the candidate, said Bolsonaro's recovery so far was "satisfactory".

Bolsonaro, knows as "The Brazilian Trump", was being carried on the shoulders of a supporter when he was attacked, authorities said. Such measures are rare for candidates in Brazil.

"This episode is sad", President Michel Temer told reporters, according to the AP.

The public's anger is partially responsible for making this year's campaign the most unpredictable in years for Brazil, and the attack could lead to another seismic shift.

A spokeswoman for the hospital in the city of Juiz de Fora confirmed to Reuters that Bolsonaro was undergoing surgery, but gave no details. "We won't have a rule of law if we have intolerance". That message has resonated with Brazilians, but his often derogatory comments about women, blacks and gays have also repulsed many.

Lula's lawyers based their latest appeal on a decision by the UN Human Rights Council, which requested that the two-term ex-president be allowed to exercise his political rights as a candidate, despite being in jail.

The former military officer is considered a far-right populist and is now leading the polls.

The top five trending topics in Brazil were related to the stabbing.

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.

Lula's running mate and likely replacement for the Workers' Party, Fernando Haddad, picked up just six percent in the poll while center-right candidate Geraldo Alckmin saw his share rise from seven to nine.

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