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2:40, 07 September 2018

Brazil Presidential Candidate Jair Bolsonaro in Intensive Care Right after Stabbing

Brazil Presidential Candidate Jair Bolsonaro in Intensive Care After Stabbing

Brazil Presidential Candidate Jair Bolsonaro in Intensive Care Right after Stabbing

Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro soon after being stabbed in the stomach in the course of a campaign rally in Juiz de Fora, Brazil, on Thursday.CreditCreditRaysa Leite/Agence France-Presse &mdash Getty Photos

By Ernesto Londo&ntildeo and Shasta Darlington

RIO DE JANEIRO &mdash Representative Jair Bolsonaro, the front-runner in Brazil&rsquos presidential election, was hospitalized in intensive care on Thursday evening right after becoming stabbed for the duration of a campaign occasion earlier in the day, according to officials.

Mr. Bolsonaro, a far-right politician, has been a divisive figure in Brazil, where he is adored by some for his tough speak and reviled by other folks for his diatribes against girls, gays and blacks.

Mr. Bolsonaro was being carried by supporters through a throng of men and women in Juiz de Fora, a city in Minas Gerais State, in southeastern Brazil, when a particular person lunged toward him and jabbed a knife into his abdomen, according to a video of the attack shared on social media.

1 of the candidate&rsquos sons, Flavio Bolsonaro, mentioned the knife pierced Mr. Bolsonaro&rsquos liver, a lung and his intestinal tract. &ldquoHe lost a lot of blood,&rdquo he said on Twitter.

&ldquoIt is intolerable that, living in a democratic state of law, it&rsquos not feasible to have an orderly campaign,&rdquo President Michel Temer mentioned in a televised address.

The stabbing was the newest act of political violence in Brazil this year. Rio de Janeiro councilwoman Marielle Franco was killed on March 14 after assailants opened fire on her auto. Days later, campaign buses hired by former President Luiz In&aacutecio Lula da Silva &mdash the onetime front-runner in the race, whose corruption conviction created him ineligible to run &mdash have been shot at in southern Brazil.

&ldquoThe act of violence against candidate Jair Bolsonaro is inadmissible and represents a double assault: against his physical integrity and against democracy,&rdquo former Senator Marina Silva, one of Mr. Bolsonaro&rsquos prime rivals, wrote on Twitter.

Another presidential hopeful, Geraldo Alckmin, a former governor of S&atildeo Paulo, mentioned he hoped Mr. Bolsonaro&rsquos assailant would be duly punished.

&ldquoPolitics is done by way of dialogue and persuasion, by no means through hate,&rdquo he wrote on Twitter. &ldquoAny act of violence is deplorable.&rdquo

Mr. Bolsonaro, 63, has an ample lead in the most splintered presidential contest in generations. A new poll by Ibope issued this week puts him ahead of the pack with 22 % of voter support. His closest rivals are tied with 12 percent. The vote will be held next month.

Mr. Bolsonaro has earned a fiercely loyal following amongst a segment of Brazilians who locate his unfiltered style refreshing. He has promised to restore order to a country suffering from an boost of violence by generating it easier for civilians to bear arms and for the police to kill criminals.

Ernesto Londo&ntildeo reported from Rio de Janiero, and Shasta Darlington from S&atildeo Paulo.

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Published at Fri, 07 Sep 2018 01:15:57 +0000

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