Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right candidate in Brazil’s presidential elections next month, has suffered superficial wounds after being stabbed by an unknown assailant during a political rally, his family said on Twitter.
The surgical interventions which Jair Bolsonaro underwent, due to the stab wound that was inflicted on his abdomen in a rally, will probably prevent the candidate of the Brazilian extreme right participate in the campaign for the first round of presidential elections, scheduled for October 7 and for which it is currently leading the polls.
A front-runner in Brazil’s presidential election, Jair Bolsonaro, has been stabbed during a campaign rally.
The far-right politician was attacked in the midst of a crowd in the south-eastern state of Minas Gerais. The controversial politician, who has outraged many in Brazil with racist and homophobic comments, has performed strongly in recent polls.
Polls suggest he would get the most votes in next month’s presidential elections if former President Lula da Silva fails in his attempt to overturn a ban on him standing.
Bolsonaro was being led through a crowd on the shoulders of supporters in Juiz de Fora city in the southern state of Minhas Gervais when an assailant stabbed him from the front and he appeared to scream in pain, video footage shows.
Known to many of his countrymen as the “Brazilian Trump,” Bolsonaro was taken to a local hospital where medical officials and his family said he was in a stable condition.
“Unfortunately it was more serious than we hoped,” tweeted his son Flavio Bolsonaro. “The wound reached part of his liver, lung and intestine. He lost a lot of blood, reaching the hospital…almost dead…his condition now seems stable. Please pray!”
His other son, Eduardo Bolsonaro said if the hospital had not been nearby he could have died. He tweeted “The stab struck the small intestine and more severely the large intestine. The worst was the large-caliber mesenteric vein lesion. If there had not been a hospital nearby he would probably be dead now from bleeding.
One person has been arrested, Brazil’s federal police said. “A police inquiry has been opened to ascertain the circumstances.”