Brazilian election update: Bolsonaro stabbed, violence in the streets
“Far-right firebrand Congressman Jair Bolsonaro … could take two months to fully recover and will spend at least a week in the hospital”
Last week, I wrote a post on Brazilian election frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro, sometimes known as the Trump of Brazil. Now comes news that Bolsonaro was stabbed two days ago:
The leading candidate in Brazil’s presidential election is in serious but stable condition after being stabbed by an assailant at a campaign rally on Thursday, doctors said, pushing an already chaotic campaign into further disarray.
Far-right firebrand Congressman Jair Bolsonaro, a controversial figure who has enraged many Brazilians for years with divisive comments, but has a devout following among conservative voters, could take two months to fully recover and will spend at least a week in the hospital, said Dr. Luiz Henrique Borsato, who operated on the candidate.
“His internal wounds were grave and put the patient’s life at risk,” Borsato said, adding that a serious challenge now would be preventing an infection that could be caused by the perforation of Bolsonaro’s intestines.
Video of the stabbing indicates that Bolsonaro was in the midst of seemingly unchecked and uncontrolled crowds in the street, very up close and personal. Of course, we don’t expose our presidents to that sort of thing, but presidential candidates even in this country—particularly in the early days of a campaign—mix it up with crowds here all the time, and it’s always a danger.
Here’s some further coverage of the Bolsonaro stabbing:
Bolsonaro’s opponents have condemned the attack. This is what has been revealed so far about the attacker:
Local police in Juiz de Fora confirmed to Reuters that the suspect, Adelio Bispo de Oliveira, 40, was in custody and that he appeared to be mentally disturbed.
Oliveira was affiliated with the leftwing Socialism and Liberty Party from 2007 to 2014, the party said in a written statement, in which it repudiated the violence.
Police video taken at a precinct and aired by TV Globo showed Oliveira telling police that he had been ordered by God to carry out the attack.
“We do not know if it was politically motivated,” said Corporal Vitor Albuquerque, a spokesman for the local police.
I would guess that they do know, and that it was indeed politically motivated (there was also a police statement that de Oliveira’s Facebook page contained postings “railing against Bolsonaro”). De Oliveira may also have been mentally unbalanced, but political motives and mental problems are hardly mutually exclusive.
[Neo is a writer with degrees in law and family therapy, who blogs at the new neo.]
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Candidates who want to survive are going to have to adopt American, or even Israeli level personal security.
Left wing socialist and mentally unstable? He is a Democrat.
So they have Antifa in Brazil too?
At least he was’t gunned down from a distance, like Steve Scalise.
The left and the swamp are killers.
To Reuters, anyone that is reasonable is far right. Reuters injects an editorial comment to smear the candidate into an article about an attempted murder of that candidate.
Excellent point. Whenever I read about a “far right” individual, either in the US or elsewhere, I immediately want to know what the news service thinks “far right” means.
Do we hear, for instance, that this “deranged” attempted murderer was associated with a “far left” group? Is there any such thing in Reuters’ style book?
“No Enemies to the Left…”
We are beginning to understand why there were street brawls in Weimar Germany, and it wasn’t all the fault of the Nazis or their sympathizers.