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Brazil has been rocked by the killing of a militant from former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s party at the hands of a sympathizer of current President Jair Bolsonaro, months before a presidential election between the two leaders.
Marcelo Arruda, a municipal policeman and leader of the Workers’ Party (PT), was shot dead at his birthday party on Saturday by federal policeman Jorge José Curranho, who stormed the event in Foz do Iguacuu, a border town with Argentina. For the cry of Paraguay- “Here We have been Bolsonaro!”According to civil police witnesses.
Curranho shot Arruda twice, who responded with three shots.
Police initially reported that Curranho had died as a result of the shooting, but later corrected the information and said he was in critical condition and in hospital custody.
Both of them They don’t know each other According to the police investigation, until the crime was committed.
“Marcelo, in his last act of heroism, saved countless lives as the fascists also threatened to kill everyone at the party, including his family,” PT said.
Arruda celebrated his 50th birthday at a party decorated with Lula’s photo and PT symbols.
PT leaders attributed the crime to what they called “Bolnarista hate speech.”
“A person, out of intolerance, threatened him and then shot him dead. He defended himself and prevented a great tragedy. Two families lost their parents. Children, including the aggressor, are orphans,” Lula da Silva wrote on Twitter. Initial reports said Curranho had also died.
“Enough of the violence! Enough of the destruction! It’s time for the reconstruction and transformation of Brazil, the relations between Brazilians and Brazilians! We cry and bury another comrade victim of political violence, enough!” The note signed by Gleesi was Hoffmann, president of the PT, and Abdel Ambruster, the party’s national coordinator for public security.
Bolsonaro addressed the case on social media, but did not condole the death of the municipal policeman or offer condolences to Arruda’s family.
“We renounce any form of support from those who engage in violence against enemies. For stability, I request these types of people to switch sides and support the Left,” he wrote on Twitter.
“The authorities must seriously investigate what happened and take all appropriate measures,” the president added.
Lula and Bolsonaro are the main candidates in the presidential election to be held in October this year.
Labor candidate Ciro Gomes, third in voting intentions, rejected the fact and said “political hatred must be contained”.
Meanwhile, the president of the Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco, said the killing was “the materialization of the political intolerance that permeates Brazil today” and showed “what it’s like to live in barbarism.”
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