Lula condemns the event and regrets that “Brazil does not deserve the hatred that has taken hold in the country.”
A supporter of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has stabbed to death a supporter of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva following a heated political argument between the two in a rural area of Confresa, in the center of the country.
The Civil Police have identified the victim as Bendito Cardoso dos Santos, while the main suspect, Rafael Silva de Oliveira, has already been arrested, as reported by the Brazilian newspaper ‘O Globo’.
As reported by the authority in charge of the case, the two men were co-workers at a lumber plant. The Civil Police detailed that Cardoso dos Santos was the one who first hit Silva de Oliveira. The latter ran after his assailant and seized a knife and an axe with which he killed Cardoso dos Santos.
After this confrontation, Silva de Oliveira hid the murder weapons and went to the hospital, where he requested medical attention, as he had a cut on his hand and another on his forehead. Once in the hospital, he denounced having been the victim of an attempted robbery, although he later admitted the crime.
Later, Lula himself has spoken out about the event to condemn that “intolerance” has claimed another life, thus recalling the incident recorded in early July when a supporter of the former president was shot by a Bolsonaro supporter in Foz do Iguaçu, in southern Brazil.
“Intolerance has taken another life. Brazil does not deserve the hatred that has taken hold in the country. My condolences to Benedito’s family and friends,” Lula said on his Twitter profile.
The South American country is immersed in a convulsive electoral campaign for the presidential elections on October 2, with Bolsonaro and Lula as the main favorites to reach the Planalto Palace again.