Leading Brazilian presidential candidate stabbed, seriously injured during campaign event

Leading Brazilian presidential candidate stabbed, seriously injured during campaign event
Presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil is stabbed during campaign event, 6 Sep 2018. ALN 360 video, YouTube

[Ed. – Bolsonaro is legitimately an extremist – thinks the country was better off under the old military dictatorship, wants to dispense with due process for cartel criminals – but on the Brazilian political landscape today that hardly makes him an oddity. They’ve got a lot of problems. Not much lid on the boiling pot in South America right now.]

Brazil’s front-running far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro was stabbed in the abdomen while campaigning on Thursday, and is in serious condition and undergoing surgery, his son and a hospital spokeswoman said.

Flavio Bolsonaro, the candidate’s son, wrote on his verified Twitter account that “sadly, it was more serious that we had hoped for.”

“The perforation reached part of his liver, lung and intestine,” Flavio Bolsonaro wrote. “He lost a lot of blood, arrived at the hospital … almost dead. He appears to have stabilized now. Please pray!” …

The Federal Police said in a statement that it had officers escorting Bolsonaro at the time of the knife attack and the “aggressor” was caught in the act. It said the circumstances were being investigated.

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