Brazilian presidential candidate stabbed at event

Right-wing politician Jair Bolsonaro is the frontrunner in the upcoming Brazilian presidential election. He was stabbed at an event on September 6.

Posted: Sep 9, 2018 4:37 AM
Updated: Sep 9, 2018 4:49 AM

Brazil's far-right presidential front-runner Jair Bolsonaro is recovering in a hospital after being stabbed during a rally while campaigning weeks ahead of elections.

"I'm fine and recovering!" Bolsonaro tweeted Friday from his hospital bed.

The candidate's son said Bolsonaro will likely be unable to resume campaigning ahead of October's vote, but that supporters can.

An assailant stabbed Bolsonaro on Thursday as he was led through a crowd on the shoulders of supporters in Juiz de Fora, a city in the southern state of Minas Gerais. Video shows Bolsonaro grimacing in pain before being carried away.

Police arrested Adelio Bispo de Oliveira, 40, who has been charged in connection with the attack, according to state news agency Agencia Brasil. The suspect's Facebook page featured posts railing against Bolsonaro, Agencia Brasil quoted police as saying.

Known to many of his countrymen as the "Brazilian Trump," Bolsonaro, 63, was taken to a local hospital, where medical officials and his family said he was in a stable condition.

The attack on Bolsonaro, notorious for making racist, sexist and homophobic remarks, has ratcheted up tensions weeks ahead of the elections.

A pro-gun congressman since 1991, he has cast himself as a political outsider, a firebrand attracting millions of supporters who believe he can shake up Brazil's corruption-marred political class.

Recent polls estimate that Bolsonaro is the favorite to win the election, with a 10% lead over his nearest rival, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

However, doctors at the Santa Casa hospital, where Bolsonaro was taken for surgery, said his wounds may interrupt his campaigning as his recovery may take days or weeks.

His family initially thought his wounds were superficial, but later members said they had feared for his life.

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

Another son, Eduardo Bolsonaro, said his father could have died if the hospital had not been nearby.

Flavio Bolsonaro later thanked supporters for their help, posting a photo of his father in a hospital bed, smiling and signaling a thumbs-up. "Jair Bolsonaro is stronger than ever and ready to be elected President of Brazil," he tweeted.

On Friday, Flavio Bolsonaro said his father was having some difficulty speaking. "He probably won't be able to go out onto the streets in this campaign. He can't go out onto the streets, but we can."

Doctors said they found internal bleeding and lacerations to the small and large intestines and not his liver. Bolsonaro may have to undergo another round of surgery in the coming months.

Bolsanaro is using a colostomy bag, and it will stay in place for at least two months, doctors said. He has been transferred to the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo, TV images and video showed.

In a longer tweet Friday, the candidate thanked family and supporters for their concern.

"Thank you from the bottom of my heart to God, my wife and children, who are by my side, to the doctors who are taking care of me and who are essential so that I could continue with you here on earth, and to all for the support and prayers!"

Human Rights Watch condemned the attack.

"Political or ideological differences should only be resolved through democratic processes, and never through violence," the watchdog group said in a statement. "The Brazilian authorities should carry out a prompt, impartial and thorough investigation into this crime, and ensure that justice is served."

The country has been wracked with violence and strikes that have buffeted the government of Michel Temer, who replaced Dilma Rousseff as Brazil's President after she was impeached in 2016.

A massive corruption scandal and economic woes prompted Brazilians to call for their own version of Trump, CNN reported last year.

Running for the small Social Liberal Party, Bolsonaro has seen his popularity surge as Brazil struggles to emerge from its worst recession, with the left and right heavily polarized, and the jailed Lula da Silva barred from office after failing to overturn a corruption conviction.

Lula da Silva has been in jail since April after he was sentenced to 12 years for corruption and money laundering. The accusations against him emerged after he left office in 2011.

The 72-year-old has strongly denied any wrongdoing. His defense said he was a victim of political persecution.

Lula da Silva's likely replacement as his party's presidential candidate, Fernando Haddad, tweeted that he "repudiated any act of violence" and wished Bolsonaro a speedy recovery.

In March, Marielle Franco, a Rio de Janeiro councilwoman and a prominent critic of police killings in shantytowns, was assassinated. Thousands in Brazil and across the world protested that killing.

Correction: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of the state where Bolsonaro was attacked.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 70930

Reported Deaths: 2043
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds5803124
DeSoto379632
Harrison266336
Madison250372
Jackson241147
Rankin233738
Jones194562
Forrest186557
Washington173945
Lee161042
Lauderdale145894
Neshoba130994
Lamar124616
Bolivar116737
Warren115136
Oktibbeha114539
Lowndes111440
Panola109618
Sunflower108628
Lafayette102520
Scott101720
Copiah97329
Leflore96368
Pike96037
Holmes92849
Yazoo87413
Pontotoc8669
Grenada86126
Lincoln84943
Monroe83955
Simpson82231
Leake80427
Coahoma79813
Wayne79021
Tate75330
Marshall74010
Union73217
Marion69221
Adams64726
Covington64115
Winston63716
George6059
Pearl River57140
Newton56711
Tallahatchie55011
Attala53925
Walthall51922
Chickasaw49119
Noxubee46612
Prentiss46210
Tishomingo4539
Alcorn4455
Calhoun4289
Smith41513
Hancock41415
Jasper4129
Tippah41114
Claiborne41014
Clay40614
Itawamba40410
Tunica3677
Clarke35528
Montgomery3467
Lawrence3328
Yalobusha31810
Humphreys30312
Quitman2751
Carroll26311
Greene26213
Webster25013
Perry2498
Jefferson Davis2436
Amite2426
Kemper24114
Wilkinson22714
Stone2256
Sharkey2097
Jefferson1977
Benton1571
Choctaw1384
Franklin1372
Issaquena272
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 102196

Reported Deaths: 1825
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson13578262
Mobile10747221
Montgomery6999153
Madison555035
Tuscaloosa435080
Unassigned406169
Baldwin374429
Shelby338137
Marshall320738
Lee273647
Morgan244320
Etowah220934
DeKalb186614
Calhoun185319
Elmore178339
Walker156265
Houston145913
Limestone139313
Russell13912
St. Clair138120
Dallas134825
Franklin131022
Cullman124612
Colbert123218
Lauderdale121320
Autauga119622
Escambia109417
Talladega108714
Jackson10794
Tallapoosa87879
Dale85629
Chambers84838
Blount8355
Chilton8309
Clarke82710
Coffee7816
Butler77536
Covington75521
Pike7167
Marion59226
Barbour5866
Lowndes57524
Marengo57217
Bullock49311
Hale48726
Bibb4575
Winston45611
Washington45313
Perry4484
Wilcox44510
Monroe4256
Pickens41310
Randolph40411
Conecuh39710
Sumter37019
Lawrence3603
Macon34414
Crenshaw3338
Choctaw29012
Cherokee2888
Clay2785
Geneva2692
Henry2683
Greene25511
Lamar2372
Fayette2275
Cleburne1301
Coosa1063
Out of AL00
Tupelo
Few Clouds
83° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 73°
Feels Like: 88°
Columbus
Overcast
84° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 72°
Feels Like: 98°
Oxford
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 88°
Starkville
Scattered Clouds
82° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 87°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather