In Brief

VIDEO: Brazilian presidential candidate stabbed at rally

Far-right front-runner Jair Bolsonaro attacked during a rally

A far-right candidate who is leading the polls in the race for the Brazilian presidency has been stabbed at a campaign rally, just a month before the election.

Jair Bolsonaro was being carried on the shoulders of his supporters when the attacker struck, “cutting a vein in his abdomen and causing two other injuries in his intestines” The Guardian reports.

The 63-year-old was rushed to the Santa Casa de Misericórdia hospital in the town of Juiz de Fora, 120 miles north of Rio de Janeiro, where he underwent emergency surgery.

“The trajectory of the wound provoked various injuries. Mr Jair Bolsonaro arrived in a very serious condition at hospital with low pressure due to blood loss,” surgeon Glaucio Souza said.

Following the attack, Bolsonaro’s son Flavio initially tweeted that the wound was “only superficial”, but later suggested that his father had sustained a serious injury.

“Unfortunately it was more serious than we had expected. He lost a lot of blood, arrived at the hospital with a [blood] pressure of 10/3, almost dead. His condition now seems stabilised. Pray, please!”, he wrote on Twitter.

The alleged attacker, named as Adélio Bispo de Oliveira, has been arrested, and local media reports that he had been beaten by Bolsonaro supporters before police could get to him.

The BBC describes Bolsonaro as a “controversial politician, who has outraged many in Brazil with racist and homophobic comments”, but who has nonetheless “performed strongly in recent polls”.

Recommended

Quiz of The Week: 14 - 20 May
Speculation is mounting over the publication date of Sue Gray’s Partygate report
Quizzes and puzzles

Quiz of The Week: 14 - 20 May

Nato’s renaissance: how the world’s most powerful military alliance has taken centre stage
Long table of men at Nato summit
In Depth

Nato’s renaissance: how the world’s most powerful military alliance has taken centre stage

Curtailing abortion rights: will Republicans rue their victory?
Students protest anti-abortion measures
Talking point

Curtailing abortion rights: will Republicans rue their victory?

How the Taliban is rolling back the freedoms of the past 20 years
A burqa-clad woman
In Brief

How the Taliban is rolling back the freedoms of the past 20 years

Popular articles

Is Vladimir Putin seriously ill?
Vladimir Putin
Why we’re talking about . . .

Is Vladimir Putin seriously ill?

Inside Adelaide Cottage: the guesthouse tipped to be Prince William and Kate’s new home
William and Kate
In Depth

Inside Adelaide Cottage: the guesthouse tipped to be Prince William and Kate’s new home

The mysterious Russian oligarch deaths
Vladimir Putin has previously deployed ‘extreme measures’ to crush opposition
Why we’re talking about . . .

The mysterious Russian oligarch deaths

The Week Footer Banner