A militant of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was assassinated during his birthday party in Foz do Iguacu Saturday night. The PT denounced for the crime a Militant of President Jair Bolsonaro and prison policewho also died.
According to the PT statement, the events occurred last morning, when prison police officer Jorge José da Rocha Guaranho interrupted the celebration and opened fire on Marcelo Arrudawho was a municipal guard and one of the leaders of the workers party (PT) in Foz de Iguacu. Always according to the statement, arrudawho became a candidate for vice mayor in that Brazilian border town in the 2020 municipal elections and who was commemorating his 50th birthday, He received “three shots” but managed to react and shoot his assailant, who also ended up dying.
According to a report filed in the Civil Police of Paraná and witnesses in the place, Guaranho would have appeared at the party – which had as its theme the PT and the former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and took place in the Physical Health Sports Association of Itaipu – pointing a gun while shouting insults at those present and words in favor of the president Jair Bolsonaro (PL), candidate for re-election.
According to witnesses, the assailant interrupted the party about 20 minutes before the shooting. He stopped his car outside the place where the celebration was taking place, shouting “It’s Bolsonaro, sons of bitches”. He was with his wife and his daughter in the car. When Marcelo Arruda left the party to see what was happening, Guaranho had pointed his revolver at him for the first time, while the woman shouted “enough, let’s go”. Then he left the place, promising to return shouting: “I’m going to kill you all again!”
Immediately after, Arruda got into his car and pulled out his revolver. “This madman is going to come back, I’m not going to be unprepared,” he said, according to what witnesses told the Brazilian media.
After Da Rocha Guaranho returned to the premises and that was when The shooting occurred that resulted in the death of the two political militants.
Arruda identified himself as a municipal guard, showing his badge and already with his gun in his hand, but it was useless.
“The guy came back and when he arrived he pointed the gun at Marcelo and Marcelo said ‘stop, policeman!’said Aluízio Palmar, a witness present at the party.
Arruda received a first shot in the leg, and fell. Later the prison policeman approached and fired again. The PT leader was shot in the back, but managed to turn around and fired five shots at the Bolsonarista. According to a friend of Marcelo, “with his reaction he managed to avoid a massacre.”
According to a note from the Civil Police of Paraná, released in the media, “The Homicide Police Station is investigating the case to further clarify the motivation for the crime.”
The event occurs less than 90 days before the presidential elections.
The electoral campaign is expected to be highly polarized between the progressive leader, who governed Brazil between 2003 and 2010, and the far-right leader, who aspires to renew his mandate for another four years.
Lula regretted in a statement what happened in Foz de Iguaçua border town with Paraguay and Argentina, and stated that Brazil needs “democracy, dialogue, tolerance and peace.”
“A person, out of intolerance, threatened and then shot Arruda, who defended himself and prevented an even greater tragedy. Two families lost their parents. Children were orphaned, including those of the aggressor”, affirmed the former ruler.
The PT candidate also asked for “understanding” and “solidarity” with the relatives of the federal penitentiary agent, who “they lost a father and a husband due to hate speech stimulated by an irresponsible president”alluding to Bolsonaro, his greatest political adversary.
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