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The deadly shooting at a party in Brazil shows rising political tension

Instead, deadly gunfire erupted at the gathering in the southern Brazilian city of Foz de Iguaçu, which claimed Arruda’s life in an apparent political clash that caught the country’s attention.

The bloodshed underscores escalating tensions in Brazil as the presidential election approaches this fall, when former leftist president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will face off against incumbent rightwing president Jair Bolsonaro.

What happened

Arruda’s birthday party was being held on Saturday at a local sporting club when a prison guard named Jorge Guaranho arrived pronouncing Bolsonaro’s name, CNN Brasil reported.

Guaranho, an ardent Bolsonaro supporter, was asked to leave with his family – but returned minutes later with a gun, Arruda’s son Leonardo told CNN Brasil.

Guaranho and Arruda, a member of the local security forces, exchanged gunfire.

“My dad said ‘Manong, get out of my party. I’m a cop, get out. Let me enjoy my party peacefully.’ And the man pointed at him and pulled out a gun and pointed it at him, ”Leonardo said.

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“The man came back a few minutes later and started shooting. He shot my dad three times and my dad was able to shoot and shot him five times,” he said.

Arruda, who was hit twice, died from his injuries, according to Parana state civil police.

Guaranho was also shot and is currently hospitalized in critical condition, police said.

This is not the first violent stage associated with the country’s rising political polarization.

Just a day before the shooting, two explosives were thrown at most of a rally for Lula, as da Silva is known.

At another rally, Lula was also heard thanking a local councilor who was arrested for attempted murder against a man who insulted the former president in 2018.

In a statement on their official website on Sunday, the Workers’ Party described Arruda as a “victim of intolerance, hatred and political violence,” and accused President Bolsonaro of “hate speech” encouraging followers to act rashly. -dalos. The party plans to request a federal investigation into the incident, press officer Ricardo Amaral told CNN on Monday.

Lula also tweeted on Sunday that the murder was prompted by “hate speech” promoted by an “irresponsible president.”

“We remove any kind of support from those who commit violence against opponents,” Bolsonaro also tweeted, who retweeted a message he sent in 2018, without directly referring to the incident. His statement also accused the “left” of an “undeniable history of violent stages”.

Bolsonaro called for a thorough investigation into the shootings. Speaking to his supporters on Monday, he also dismissed the incident as a “clash between two people,” lamenting that Garanho has been widely described as one of his supporters, or a “Bolsonarista.”

“You saw what happened yesterday [on Saturday], is it not? A fight between two people, there in Foz do Iguaçu. ‘Bolsonarista’ what do you have. Now, no one is saying that Adelio is affiliated with PSOL, right? ”He said, referring to an attack in 2018 when he was stabbed by a male member of leftist parties during a campaign rally.

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Bolsonaro has long been accused of inciting hatred against the Labor Party. During a campaign rally in Acre state in 2018, the then presidential candidate vainly lifted a tripod and pretended it was a gun, saying: “Let’s machine gun Acre’s Workers’ Party supporters.”

Brazil’s top election official Luiz Edson Fachin had previously warned that the coming vote would run the risk of unrest “more severe” than the insurrection on January 6, 2021, when American rioters violently stormed the U.S. capital initiated by the misconception that the 2020 election had a violent approach. stolen.

“Brazilian society will put a mirror in front of itself on October 2. Whether it wants a war of all against all, or if it wants democracy,” Fachin said.

CNN’s Flora Charner reported from Atlanta and Shasta Darlington from Sao Paulo. Reporting contributed by journalists Camilo Rocha, Rodrigo Pedroso, Laura Diaz and Susanna Capelouto.

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