BREAKING: President Bolsonaro supporter stabs backer of former President Lula to death in Brazil

A backer of former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was stabbed to death in the state of Mato Grosso by a supporter of the incumbent President Jair Bolsanaro.

In the latest example of rising political tensions ahead of the upcoming elections in Brazil, this Friday, September 9, a supporter of the incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro stabbed to death a backer of former leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, according to the authorities.

The violent incident occurred in the west-central state of Mato Grosso, during an argument over support for the two candidates. In an election marked by intense polarization, Jair Bolsonaro currently trails Lula in the polls.

As reported by the Guardian, 42-year-old Benedito Cardoso dos Santos was attacked and stabbed by 24-year-old Rafael Silva de Oliveira. The assailant was subsequently arrested and later confessed to the stabbing while in the police station being questioned.

Lula later spoke in Rio de Janeiro with reporters about the stabbing. He pointed out that there was “a climate of hatred in the electoral process which is completely abnormal”. Without providing evidence to back up his claim, he went on to suggest that an investigation should be conducted in order to establish whether the attack had been “ordered, or guided, or if it is a political strategy”.

In a Twitter post earlier on Friday, Lula said: “I think Bolsonaro is a little worse than Trump, he is ruder and less civilised. Bolsonaro is a botched copy of Trump. We don’t need people like that governing either Brazil or the US”.


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