Far-right Brazil presidential candidate stabbed during campaign event

Far-right Brazil presidential candidate stabbed during campaign event
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A far-right Brazilian presidential candidate was stabbed during a campaign event Thursday. 

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


Videos from the event show that Bolsonaro was sitting on someone's shoulders when an unidentified person stabbed him in the stomach. Other clips show supporters carrying him to a car. 

Officials and Bolsonaro's son have said his injuries are not life-threatening, according to the Associated Press.

Police spokesman Flavio Santiago told the AP that Bolsonaro's attacker was arrested shortly after the stabbing. Santiago said the attacker, identified as Adelio Bispo de Oliveira, was beaten up by Bolsonaro supporters afterwards. 

“This episode is sad,” President Michel Temer told reporters, according to the AP. “We won’t have a rule of law if we have intolerance.”

Bolsonaro, a controversial figure in Brazilian politics, is second in the polls to former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is barred from running but who has appealed multiple times.

The presidential candidate, who is representing the Social Liberal Party (PSL), has been compared to President TrumpDonald John TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could MORE for his oftentimes controversial rhetoric. Many of his followers refer to him as the "Brazilian Trump," BBC reported.

BBC reported that Bolsonaro has faced fines and charges for alleged bigoted comments about women, Afro-Brazilians and the LGBT community. He is being investigated for alleged comments he made against Afro-Brazilians, the outlet noted. 

In 2015, he was fined for saying that Congresswoman Maria do Rosario was "not worth raping." He told Playboy magazine in 2011 that he would be "incapable of loving a gay son" and would rather see his son "die in an accident" than come out as gay.