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Murder shocks Brazilian politics as it faces presidential election pitting Bolsonaro against Lula da Silva

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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.