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Opponent of Brazilian Presidential Candidate Jair Bolsonaro stabbed

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  • The candidate himself was stabbed on 6 September

  • And now a voter against him has been stabbed to death

On October 7th, general election day in Brazil , a 63 year old man called “Moa do Katendê”, a nickname for Romualdo Rosário da Costa, an artist, music player and capoeira master in Salvador, Bahia was stabbed to death in a bar after voting.

For the Brazilian general election in 2018, Brazilians  vote for President and also members of congress.

Some media reports have compared Bolsonaro to Trump On October 8th 2018 BBC asked the question: “Is Brazil candidate Jair Bolsonaro the Trump of the Tropics?” (BBC News). And on the Guardian he was referenced as “Trump of the tropics: the ‘dangerous’ candidate leading Brazil’s presidential race” (The Guardian).

And what does Mr. Romualdo Rosário da Costa have to do with that? Mr. Romualdo was in a bar when started discussing politics and as he explained that he was against Jair Bolsonaro, Mr. Romualdo was stabbed to death (Extra). This could be a general violence act, but Jair Bolsonaro, as a ex-military, pro-gun, right wing candidate has made direct attacks to women, the black community, the LGBTQ community as covered in multiple media channels:

  • Jair Bolsonaro: the worst quotes from Brazil’s far-right presidential frontrunner – (Independent)
  • Bolsonaro Says Black Brazilians Aren’t Owed Anything Over Slavery (Bloomberg)
  • The danger posed by Jair Bolsonaro (Economist)
  • Jair Bolsonaro, Candidate in Brazil, Faces Women’s Calls: #NotHim (The New York Times)
  • Thousands of women protest against Bolsonaro (Agência Brasi)
  • Brazilian congressman ordered to pay compensation over rape remark (The Guardian)

Also on October 7th, the election day, a female reporter was punched in the face, just after she voted, by another voter using Bolsonaro’s T-shirt (Folha-PE).

Brazilian congressman Jair Bolsonaro ordered to pay compensation over rape remark to Congress woman Maria do Rosário.
Brazilian congressman Jair Bolsonaro ordered to pay compensation over rape remark to Congress woman Maria do Rosário.

On September 8th, even Jair Bolsonaro himself was stabbed in the stomach (Economist). Still recovering, was still able to achieve 46% of the votes on october 7th general election, were multiple candidates took part. Since no candidate had more ten 50% of the votes, Bolsonaro and the second most voted candidate, the left-wing candidate Fernando Haddad, will be go on a second turn election on October 28.

 

 

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