Political violence exploded in Brazil, where a police officer stormed a birthday party shouting pro-President Jair Bolsonaro slogans and shot dead a leader of the party of former president and presidential candidate Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, before being shot to death. defense made by his victim.
The incident occurred this Saturday night during a party at a club in Foz de Iguazú, state of Paraná, on the border with the province of Misiones, and according to the police, the Bolsonarist attack was politically motivated. The presidential candidate and former president Lula attributed to the far-right Bolsonaro “the climate of hatred in the country” reflected in this crime.
Marcelo Arruda was celebrating his 50th birthday dressed in a shirt with the image of Lula in a club decorated with images of the former president when a federal prison policeman, Jorge Guaranho, interrupted the party with his wife with a baby in her arms, shouting “Bolsonaro president, motherfuckers,” according to what witnesses told the local press.
The policeman withdrew after this first raid and returned only 20 minutes later armed and shooting, after which Arruda, who is a guard for the municipality of Foz de Iguazú, local treasurer of the Workers’ Party and had been a candidate for vice mayor in the municipal elections of 2020, responded with his regulation weapon.
The president of the PT, Gleisi Hoffmann, linked the murder to “hate speech and the dangerously armed population” by the government of President Jair Bolsonaro.
“Packed by a hate speech and dangerously armed by the current policy of the President of the Republic, which stimulates confrontation, conflict, attacking adversaries, anyone who adheres to this project of death and destruction has been becoming an aggressor or murderer” , said Hoffmann lamenting the death of the leader of Foz do Iguazú, state of Paraná, bordering Misiones.
The murder occurred two days after a man was arrested in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday after throwing a homemade explosive into the crowd waiting for Lula at an event. The episode prompted Lula to wear a bulletproof vest for the first time in open events.