Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro hurt in knife attack

Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro hurt in knife attack

Later the military police of Minas Gerais state was informed that the assailant was arrested at the scene. A suspect was arrested.

Elections will be held in Brazil in October 2018 and Jar, Bolsonaro according to recent opinion polls on them gets the most votes.

Left-wing Lula had been the long-standing favourite but he is now in prison, appealing against a ban on his candidacy that was imposed after his conviction for corruption.

The comment prompted an immediate rebuke from the attorney general, who asked Mr Bolsonaro to explain that comment.

Bolsonaro, a former military man and lawmaker, has been criticized for outbursts deemed racist, mysogynist and homophobic. It is a surreal situation.

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

He then doubles over with pain and his supporters quickly lower him to the ground and bundle him into a auto.

However, an hour later he posted another tweet saying the wound was "worse than we thought". He lost a lot of blood, reaching the hospital...

The leading candidate in next month's presidential election in Brazil has been stabbed at a campaign rally and is reportedly in serious but stable condition following surgery.

His doctor said he will be in intensive care for at least seven days, and will have to return for more surgery in coming months.

Updates with hospital statement in second paragraph.


A police spokesman confirmed that the alleged attacker - named as Adélio Bispo de Oliveira - is now in custody.

Police confirmed to the Reuters news agency that a suspect was in custody, but did not identify him. Supporters outside the hospital carried a giant inflatable doll of Bolsonaro dressed in a formal suit with a sash that said "President".

A lawyer for Mr Bispo de Oliveira said his client acted "for religious reasons, for political reasons, and also because of the prejudice Bolsonaro has always shown when he talks about race, religion and even women".

He is seen flinching and then goes out of view. His free-market economics make him popular with investors.

"They made Bolsonaro a martyr", said Jonatan Valente, a student who joined a small vigil in Sao Paulo for the wounded candidate.

Sometimes described as Brazil's Donald Trump, Mr Bolsonaro has a huge social media following of 8.5 million people. The suspect was a former activist of a far-left political party.

Few imagined at that time that he could become a serious contender.

He has been critical of Brazil's political elites, many of whom involved in corruption probes.

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President Michel Temer and Bolsonaro's electoral rivals Ciro Gomes, Marina Silva, and Geraldo Alckmin all expressed disdain of the violence. "He will win in the first round", said Flavio Bolsonaro.

Lula has however been barred from participating by the Supreme Court which disqualified him on Thursday. The Workers' Party has until the end of Tuesday to register Mr Haddad as its presidential candidate.

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