The killing of a Lula activist by the shooting of a Bolsonaro sympathizer shocks Brazilians

The killing of a Lula activist by the shooting of a Bolsonaro sympathizer shocks Brazilians

The shooting murder of an activist of the former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in the hands of a Bolsonaro Police overflowed Brazilian politics this Sunday, which attributed the crime to the climate of “intolerance“O”hate“that the country lives less than three months before the elections.

The events occurred yesterday morning at Foz do Iguacuborder town with Argentina and Paraguay, when a prison officer, a supporter of President Jair Bolsonaro, burst into the party of Marcelo Arruda’s birthday Yes opened fire against him, according to the police.

Arrudamunicipal guard and one of the leaders of the Workers’ Party (PT) in Foz de Iguaçu, commemorated its 50th anniversary in the company of friends and family with a The theme of the party on Lula and the PT, at the headquarters of Itaipu Physical Health Sports Association.


Municipality of Carazinho, Brazil.

At one point, the prison officer, identified as Jose da Rocha Guaranhoapproaches the premises, threatens those present with gun in hand and walks away.

But, a few minutes later, he returns, enters the premises and shoot Arrudawho from the ground gets react and shoot your attackerwho falls to the ground, according to footage from a security camera leaked to the press.

The Paraná State Civil Police reported in a first press release that the jail officer had died, although a few hours later he corrected that information and said he had been admitted to hospital “in serious condition“.

The commissioner in charge of the case, Iane Cardoso, told a press conference that witnesses said that Da Rocha Guaranho issued proclamations in favor of Bolsonaroleader of the Brazilian extreme right, and that everything indicates that it was a “political conflict“.

The assassination of Arruda occurs 84 days later polarized elections The Brazilian presidential elections, for which the big favorite is Lulawith a advantage of 15 to 20 points over Bolsonaroaccording to the latest polls.

condemnation of the political world

The an event it was widely condemned by authorities, presidential candidates, political parties and civil society organizations.

Lulawho ruled Brazil between 2003 and 2010, attributed the incident to “Hate speech stimulated by an irresponsible president”, alluding to Bolsonaro, and said that Brazil needed “democracy, dialogue, tolerance and peace“.

For its part, Bolsonaro retrieved a message he had posted in 2018 — the year he was stabbed during a campaign rally — in which he rejected “those who practice violence against opponents”, but at the same time the accused left have a undeniable history of violent episodes» and to « decontextualize » his remarks.

The President of the PT, MP Gleisi Hoffmann, asked the country’s public security authorities “effective measures to prevent and combat political violence“.

Over the past month, there have been a few incidents in acts of PT with the presence of Lula. In one of them, a suspect light two firecrackers and in another drone dropped sewage water against PT militancy. In both cases, the authors are stopped.

In contrast, the Labor presidential candidate Cyrus Gomesthird for voting intentions, said that “political hatred must be contained“to prevent ‘a tragedy of gigantic proportions’ from occurring in the midst of this”absurd, senseless and aimless war“.

The President of the Senate, Rodrigo Pachecoindicated that Arruda’s death is “the materialization of the political intolerance that permeates Brazil today“and show”what is it like to live in barbarism“.

“All of us, especially political leaders, must fight to combat this hatred, which goes against the fundamental principles of family life, society and democracy“, he added.

The Supreme Court Justice also spoke, Alexander of Moraeswho pointed out that “intolerance, violence and hatred are the enemies of democracy and development» ; and recalled that “respect for free choice must be defended by all the authorities of the three powers”.

Civil society also joined in the condemnations, such as the Political Action Network for Sustainability (RAPS), which repudiated “the escalation of political violence in Braziland alerted democratic institutions to “the need to developing civic dialogue actions” in the country.

Political violence can no longer be toleratedcondemned this non-governmental organization made up of 750 members of 29 political parties in the country.


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