Brazil far-right candidate Bolsonaro stabbed, has liver injury

Brazil far-right candidate Bolsonaro stabbed, has liver injury

Brazil far-right candidate Bolsonaro stabbed, has liver injury

His son Flavio Bolsonaro, now running for a senate seat, posted on Twitter that his father, also confirmed that the attacker failed to significantly hurt his father. Other videos show supporters carrying him to a auto and hitting a man who was apparently the attacker.

He could take two months to fully recover and will spend at least a week in hospital, the doctor who operated on Mr Bolsonaro said.

Jair Bolsonaro, 63, a far-right candidate, was being carried aloft by jubilant supporters at an event in the city of Juiz de Fora yesterday when the attack took place.

The attacker was arrested immediately and identified as Adelio Bispo de Oliveira, 40 - said to have been a member of the left-leaning PSOL party. They said a mob was attempting to lynch the man at the time they arrested him.

In the shocking video Mr Bolsonaro can be seen being held up by supporters and waving to the crowd when he suddenly clutches his abdomen and crumples in pain.

His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

"Unfortunately it was more serious than we hoped", tweeted his son Flavio Bolsonaro.

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Flavio said the puncture had hit parts of his father's liver, lung and intestines and he lost a lot of blood. "He lost a lot of blood and was admitted to hospital nearly at death, but now his condition has stabilized", wrote Bolsonaro Jr.

Bolsonaro underwent surgery and was later confirmed to be in stable condition.

Currently, 80 federal police protect five presidential candidates who requested security, and 21 were assigned to Bolsonaro, according to Jungmann.

In the videos, Mr Bolsonaro does not appear to be wearing a protective vest.

But violence against national political figures, even in the extremely heated political climate that has engulfed Brazil in recent years, is rare.

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

"They call us on the right the intolerant, the violent ones, but those who are intolerant and violent are them", Engler said, referring to leftist voters.

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Despite being a congressman since 1991, Bolsonaro is running as an outsider ready to upend the establishment.

Bolsonaro's vice presidential running mate, retired Gen. Hamilton Mourao, told reporters that the candidate will "come out of this process stronger than he went in".

BBC reported that Bolsonaro has faced fines and charges for alleged bigoted comments about women, Afro-Brazilians and the LGBT community.

He has promised to fill his government with current and former military leaders.

Other presidential candidates were quick to condemn the assault.

His would-be closest rival, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, has been disqualified from the race after being convicted of corruption.

The attack is a dramatic twist in what is already Brazil's most unpredictable presidential election since the country's return to democracy three decades ago.

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