It appears that Brazil’s hard leftists are taking a cue from America’s Democrat’s penchant for violence and wishing death upon conservatives who oppose their tyrannical rule.
Brazil’s far-right presidential candidate has survived life-saving surgery after being stabbed by a ‘socialist’ attacker who said he was acting on ‘a mission from God’ during a rally.
Shocking footage showed the moment election hopeful Jair Bolsonaro was knifed in the stomach in the midst of a crowd in Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, south east Brazil.
The 63-year-old has since been transferred to intensive care after undergoing a procedure for serious internal injuries and is now stable and out of ‘acute and immediate danger’.
A 40-year-old suspect, identified by police as Adélio Bispo de Oliveira, has been arrested over the attack with police saying he appeared to be mentally disturbed and had claimed he was ‘on a mission from God’.
Oliveira was said to be a member of the left-leaning PSOL party from 2007 to 2014. On his Facebook page, the attacker recently posted messages criticizing Bolsonaro and supporting the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela.
The split-second assault happened as the politcian was being carried shoulder high by supporters in the midst of a crowd during the afternoon event.
Horrifying footage from several mobile phones caught the moment a man plunged a knife into his belly.
He was seen clutching his stomach and grimacing in agony before collapsing backwards. He was rushed through the crowds and whisked by car to Santa Casa de Misericórdia de Juiz de Fora hospital where doctors performed emergency surgery.
Bolsonaro’s son, Flavio Bolsonaro, initially posted on Twitter that the injury was superficial and his father was fine. However, an hour later he posted another tweet saying the wound was ‘worse than we thought.’
He arrived at the hospital ‘almost dead,’ Flavio wrote. ‘His condition now seems stabilised. Please pray.’
The attack on Bolsonaro, is a twist in what was already Brazil’s most unpredictable election since the country’s return to democracy three decades ago. Corruption investigations have jailed scores of businessmen and politicians in recent years, and alienated voters.
There was fear of violence flaring across Brazil on Friday, as the nation celebrates Independence Day with political groups likely to march in hundreds of cities. Bolsonaro’s rival candidates called off campaign activities for Friday.
Under Brazil’s campaign laws, Bolsonaro’s tiny coalition has almost no campaign time on government-regulated candidate ad blocs on TV and radio. That means Bolsonaro relies on social media and rallies around the country to drum up support. As such, not being able to go out in the streets could impact his campaign.
Flavio Bolsonaro said early Friday outside the hospital where his father was treated that he was conscious and the attack was a political boost.
‘I just want to send a message to the thugs who tried to ruin the life of a family man, a guy who is the hope for millions of Brazilians: You just elected him president. He will win in the first round,’ said Flavio Bolsonaro.
In a statement Federal Police said:
‘[Bolsonaro] was (being) escorted by federal police when he was struck by a knife during a public act in the city of Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais. A suspect was arrested in the act and taken to the police station. A police investigation was established to ascertain the circumstances of the incident.’
Speaking to local media, Pedro Augusto Lima Possa, the suspect’s lawyer said:
‘Adelio confessed and claimed responsibility for the attack. But he said he had not intended to kill (Bolsonaro).’
The unmarried man, who has a teacher’s degree, is believed to be currently unemployed but has been working as a waiter and is apparently estranged from his family.
According to Possa, the attacked was motivated by religious and political reasons.
‘He told me that there were religious and political motivations and that he hated the prejudice that the Bolsonaro openly spoke about and held against different races, religion and women,’ the suspect’s lawyer said.
Interestingly enough, those are the same complaints America’s Democrats make about President Trump.
Dr Luiz Henrique Borsato, a member of the hospital’s general surgery team who performed the critical operation on the victim said Bolsonaro suffered a ‘blunt abdominal trauma and was admitted to the hospital with signs of shock.’
‘Surgery was performed as a matter of urgency and a massive internal haemorrhage was diagnosed and controlled,’ said Dr Borsato at a press briefing last night.
He explained that the former army captain had suffered injuries to several organs and had lost between 2 to 2.5 litres of blood.
‘The damage was very serious. (He suffered) three perforations to the small intestine and a severe lesion in the large intestine. There was faecal contamination inside the abdominal cavity,’ the surgeon revealed.
‘During surgery the small intestine was connected to a temporary colostomy pouch which was placed on the inner wall of the intestine. It will stop waste matter from passing through the large intestine and prevent the site from being infected,’ he continued.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
September 7th, 2018