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Brazil Presidential Candidate Jair Bolsonaro Is Stabbed

RIO DE JANEIRO — Representative Jair Bolsonaro, the front-runner in Brazil’s presidential election, was stabbed on Thursday afternoon during a campaign event in Minas Gerais State, the local news media reported, citing police officials.

It was not immediately clear how seriously the candidate was wounded.

Mr. Bolsonaro was being carried by supporters through a throng of people in Juiz de Fora, a city in southeastern Brazil, when a person lunged toward him and appeared to jab a knife into his chest, according to a video of the attack shared on social media.

Eduardo Bolsonaro, Mr. Bolsonaro’s son, and a fellow congressman, told the newspaper Folha de São Paulo: “We don’t know the severity yet or what is going on.”

Another son, Flavio Bolsonaro, said on Twitter that the wound “was superficial and he is well.”

Mr. Bolsonaro, 63, has an ample lead in the most splintered presidential contest in generations. A new poll by Ibope issued this week puts him ahead of the pack with 22 percent of voter support. His closest rivals are tied with 12 percent. The vote will be held next month.

Mr. Bolsonaro, a far-right-wing politician, has earned a fiercely loyal following among a segment of Brazilians who find his unfiltered, tough-talk style refreshing. He has promised to restore order to a country suffering from an increase of violence by making it easier for civilians to bear arms and for the police to kill criminals.

Yet he is widely despised and feared by many Brazilians who regard him as sexist, racist and homophobic. The attorney general charged him this year with inciting hatred against blacks, women and indigenous people.

Source: NYT > World

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