Brazilian Presidential Candidate Bolsonaro Stabbed at Campaign Event

Brazilian Presidential Candidate Bolsonaro Stabbed at Campaign Event

"If he'd been farther from the hospital or in a city that was unprepared, he'd probably have died", his son Eduardo, a fellow lawmaker, said by phone. The inability to hold street rallies could impact his campaign.

Jair Bolsonaro is now undergoing surgery, BBC reported, after his liver was injured in the stabbing.

"They made Bolsonaro a martyr", said Jonatan Valente, a student who joined a small vigil for Mr Bolsonaro in Sao Paulo.

Globo TV showed images of Bolsonaro atop the shoulders of supporters in the midst of a crowd in Juiz de Fora in the state of Minas Gerais when he was stabbed.

He then doubles over with pain and his supporters quickly lower him to the ground and bundle him into a auto.

Police in Juiz de Fora said the suspect, Adelio Bispo de Oliveira, 40, was in custody and appeared to be mentally disturbed.

Oliveira was affiliated with the leftwing Socialism and Liberty Party from 2007 to 2014, the party said in a written statement, in which it repudiated the violence.

He has praised Brazil's military dictatorship and said it should kill more people.

With jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva ruled out of the 7 October election, the latest polls put Bolsonaro in a clear lead with 22% compared to 12% each for environmentalist Marina Silva and centre-left runner Ciro Gomes. The candidate was seen flinching after the attack before going out of view.

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Bolsonaro's son, Eduardo, also a congressman, said his father had lost two liters (4.23 pints) of blood from the ordeal.

Brazil's stocks and the currency jumped immediately following the attack.

Bolsonaro who has been described as Brazil's Donald Trump has quite a social media following with 8.5 million people. They are now betting that the attack will wind up creating sympathy for the candidate and help propel him into the second-round vote Oct 27.

"We do not know if it was politically motivated", said Cpl.

An video circulated on Twitter, published by major Brazillian newspapers, showed the moment when an unidentified individual stabbed the politician in the lower abdomen.

"This episode is sad", President Michel Temer told reporters in Brasilia.

Leftist candidates running against Bolsonaro have come out against the violent attack.

Despite being a long-serving member of Congress, Bolsonaro has successfully presented himself as an outsider, untouched by the corruption scandals engulfing so much of the political elite. Such measures are rare for candidates in Brazil. Doctors were anxious about an infection since Bolsonaro's intestines were perforated, he added.

"I imagine his approval ratings will go up in polls and his rejection rate will go down", Dr Fleischer said.

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