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New killing adds to fears of election violence in Brazil

SAO PAULO – Brazilian police said on Monday that a 39-year-old supporter of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was stabbed to death in a bar amid growing concerns about political violence in a tense presidential campaign.

The O Povo newspaper reported that witnesses told police a man walked into a bar in the town of Cascavel on Saturday and asked who was voting for da Silva in the October 2 election. A man said, “I will,” then was stabbed. He died in hospital the same day.

A Ceara state police official confirmed the information on Monday, speaking on condition of anonymity due to lack of permission to comment.

Police earlier released a statement saying the man was killed due to a “political discussion” and said the 59-year-old suspect remains at large.

Da Silva, a leftist who ruled from 2003 to 2010, is leading in virtually every poll against right-wing incumbent Jair Bolsonaro, who has insisted the polls are bogus and that voter fraud could rob him of power. presidency.

Earlier in the campaign, a Bolsonaro supporter killed a local da Silva Workers’ Party official in the town of Foz de Iguacu and there were less serious clashes between Bolsonaro and da Silva’s supporters.

Workers’ Party lawmaker Paulo Guedes said on Twitter that his car was shot down three times by Bolsonaro supporters during a rally.

“How far does this hatred go? Guedes said on his social media.

Police in the town of Angra dos Reis, near Rio de Janeiro, said on Saturday a woman was hit in the head by a Bolsonaro supporter after expressing criticism of the president.

The two main candidates have taken to wearing bulletproof vests for public appearances. Bolsonaro nearly died from a mentally ill stab wound during the 2018 campaign.

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