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Brazil elections: Hate crimes reported include a murder and a swastika attack

Brazil elections: Hate crimes reported include a murder and a swastika attack
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Tension ahead of the Brazilian elections has been linked to a string of violent attacks, including one case being treated as political murder, according to local media.

A woman also had a swastika carved into her flesh by supporters of far-right presidential candidate, Jair Bolsonaro.

An impending run-off vote between him and leftist Fernando Haddad is polarising the nation.

Mr Bolsonaro has dismissed the violent attacks as isolated.

The Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji) has also registered more than 60 physical attacks on reporters, which took place "in a political, partisan and electoral context".

Mr Bolsonaro is running on a tough-on-crime platform, but his critics say his language - and reputation - incite violence.

He has denied this. "I ask people to stop. But I don t control them," he said. "If a guy wearing one of my T-shirts goes too far, what can I do?"

He said violent attacks have also come from the other side too. in September and spent time in intensive care.

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Romualdo Rosário da Costa, a 63-year-old master of the Brazilian martial art capoeira, was stabbed to death in a bar in the north-eastern city, Salvador, in the early hours of Monday, just after the first round of the election.

The attacker, Paulo Sérgio Ferreira de Santana, told police his motivations were political. He was angry when Da Costa said he was supporting Mr Bolsonaro s rival, and reportedly went home to pick up a knife, and then returned to the bar to stab the victim 12 times.

The swastika attack was also on Monday. A gang of men attacked a 19-year-old woman in the southern state of Porto Alegre, drawing the symbol onto her skin with a penknife.

The woman - who has not been named - was carrying an LGBT flag and an anti-Bolsonaro sticker, according to Globo news.

Image caption An anti-Bolsonaro protest was held in Sao Paulo on Wednesday

Mr Bolsonaro is known for his homophobic comments, including once saying he would rather have a dead son than a gay son.

Trans singer Julyanna Barbosa was attacked last Saturday in Nova Iguaçu, Rio de Janeiro state. She said her assailants shouted about their support for Mr Bolsonaro, saying "these trash people have to die".
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