This is the shocking moment in which the right-wing presidential candidate of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, is stabbed while campaigning for next month's elections.
The controversial right-wing candidate, who heads the polls, was attacked while carrying him high in the middle of a crowd in Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, southeast of Brazil.
The horrible moment was captured by several cameras when the aggressor hit Bolsonaro in the stomach.
The politician was seen collapsing and clutching his stomach in agony, undergoing critical surgery after being stabbed in the liver.
It is reported that Bolsonaro suffered a wound in the liver and the surgeons are working
Jair Bolsonaro is being taken by the crowd while campaigning in Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Southeast of Brazil
Suddenly he can be seen clutching his stomach and wincing and the crowd carries him.
The crowd reacts and takes the wounded politician to a safe place. He is currently in critical surgery
A group of people try to stop Adelio Bispo de Oliveira (center photo), who allegedly stabbed the right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro
Although his son Flavio said in a message on Twitter that the wound was superficial, now it seems to be much more serious since his father was taken quickly to surgery.
The military police arrested a suspect identified by the police as Adélio Bispo de Oliveira.
According to police reports, the suspect was beaten and seriously injured.
At the time of the confusion, Bolsonaro was being carried on his shoulders by a supporter of his campaign, making hand to hand with the voters.
As he recognized his followers, a person approached him and allegedly stabbed him.
Brazilian right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro campaigns in the district of Ceilandia in Brasilia, yesterday
According to reports, Bolsonaro would normally wear a bulletproof vest provided by federal police for his safety. However, on this occasion he was without protection.
Bolsonaro was taken to the Santa Casa de la Misericordia of Juiz de Fora.
The hospital reported that he was admitted to the emergency room around 3:40 p.m. M. With "a sharps injury in the abdomen".
Initially, his son had said that the injury had been superficial, but the examination indicated the suspicion of a liver injury.
Around 5:50 p.m., local time, TV Globo reported that the politician had suffered an intestinal loop injury. The surgeons confirmed that he had already sewn.
Police spokesman Flavio Santiago confirmed that his attacker had been arrested.
Santiago said the attacker was identified as Adelio Bispo de Oliveira.
He said the suspect was beaten badly by Bolsonaro supporters after the attack.
Brazilian right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro is a polarizing figure and has been fined, and even faced charges, for derogatory statements towards women and blacks.
The man was arrested in 2013 for another assault, police said.
Luis Boudens, president of the National Federation of the Federal Police, told The Associated Press that the aggressor appeared to be mentally disturbed.
"Our agents there said the attacker said he was 'on a mission from God'," Boudens said. "His impression is that they were not dealing with a mentally stable person. I did not expect to be arrested so fast; the agents reacted in seconds. "
In a statement, the hospital said Bolsonaro was in surgery, but did not elaborate.
Bolsonaro, a former army captain, ranks second in the polls to former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, imprisoned, who was banned from running, but continues to appeal.
Despite being a congressman since 1991, Bolsonaro is running as a stranger willing to make the establishment fall by cracking down on corruption in politics and reducing crime, in part by giving the police more freedom to shoot and kill while is on duty.
Brazilian right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro (pictured left) gestures to the crowd during a campaign rally in the Ceilandia district of Brasilia on September 5, 2018
While Bolsonaro has many followers, he is also a deeply polarizing figure.
He has been fined, and even faced charges, for pejorative statements towards women and blacks
He speaks with nostalgia about the military dictatorship of 1964-1985 and has promised to fill his government with current and former military leaders.
His vice-presidential running mate is a retired general.
Earlier this week, Bolsonaro said during a campaign that he would like to shoot the corrupt members of the leftist Workers' Party, which made da Silva his candidate.
The comment provoked an immediate reprimand from the attorney general, who asked Bolsonaro to explain that comment.
In a sign of how polarized Brazilian politics has become, people went to Twitter on Thursday night to denounce the stabbing and ask for prayers for Bolsonaro or to say that the candidate had sought it out and even staged it.
The five main trends topics in Brazil were related to the stabbing, and someone even created a knife account, whose tweets had been retweeted thousands of times just hours after the attack.
The attack on Brazilian right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, represented at a campaign rally, comes at a time of increasingly heated rhetoric related to the campaigns
Other presidential candidates quickly denounced the stabbing.
"Politics is done through dialogue and conviction, never with hatred," Gerardo Alckmin, former governor of Sao Paulo, tweeted, which has focused negative announcements in Bolsonaro.
Fernando Haddad, who is expected to take the place of da Silva on the ticket of the Workers' Party, called the attack "absurd and regrettable."
The attack comes at a time of increasingly heated rhetoric and, at times, violence related to campaigns and candidates.
In March, while Da Silva was on a campaign tour in southern Brazil before his imprisonment, the shots hit the buses in his caravan.
No one was hurt, and da Silva, who is in jail for a corruption conviction, was not in the vehicles that were hit.
Also in March, Marielle Franco, a black councilor in Rio de Janeiro, was shot dead along with her driver after attending an event on the empowerment of black women.
It was not immediately clear how the attack on Bolsonaro could reshape a presidential race in the air with the leader, da Silva, in jail. In many ways, the incident fuels Bolsonaro's narrative that Brazil is in chaos and needs a strong hand to stabilize it.
"It is likely that Bolsonaro used the attack to argue that his opponents are desperate, that they had no other way to stop him," said Mauricio Santoro, a political science professor at the Rio de Janeiro state university.
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