Brazil should be prepared for political violence after the assassination attempt on Argentina’s vice president, Lula da Silva said

Brazil should be prepared for political violence after the assassination attempt on Argentina’s vice president, Lula da Silva said
Brazil should be prepared for political violence after the assassination attempt on Argentina’s vice president, Lula da Silva said

Brazil’s former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and a candidate for a new mandate said yesterday before an election rally that the country should be ready for political violence, Reuters reported.

A day after the successful assassination of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez da Silva by a Brazilian, Lula da Silva said at a press conference: “I think all of us who are politicians should be aware of the violence caused by those who do not know how to live democratic”. Earlier in the day, he tweeted that “the violence and political hatred incited by some people is a threat to democracy in our region.” It was a veiled criticism of the left-wing Lula da Silva to his right-wing opponent and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro, Reuters noted.

The agency cited unnamed sources who said the assassination attempt on Kirchner had prompted the main candidates in Brazil’s October 2 presidential election to rethink their security arrangements. Kirchner was unharmed after a 35-year-old Brazilian man shot her in public on Thursday, missing her head by inches. The gunman’s nationality has heightened fears of looming political violence in deeply polarized Brazil ahead of the election.

Former army officer Bolsonaro has urged his supporters to arm themselves ahead of the vote because of the risk of being “enslaved”. Critics say his criticism of Lula da Silva, whom he calls a corrupt communist, contributes to the explosive atmosphere in the country. Bolsonaro, who mostly wears an armored vest to campaign events, nearly died in 2018 when he was stabbed during his election campaign, Reuters recalled.

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