Brazilian celebrity faith healer Joao Teixeira de Faria known as ‘John of God’ turned himself into authorities on Sunday in Goias after being accused of sexually abusing more than 300 women. De Faria turned himself in after failing to comply with his initial arrest warrant deadline on Saturday. De Faria denies all allegations.
Five people were killed and others wounded when a gunman opened fire in a Catholic cathedral near the city of San Paulo, Brazil. The shooting took place near the end of a midday service. The gunman killed himself before police were able to arrest him. The motive for the attack remains unclear.
Brazil’s new far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro appointed anti-corruption judge Sergio Moro to the position of justice minister. Moro oversaw ‘Operation Car Wash’ which was accused of unfairly targeting left-wing politicians. US national security adviser John Bolton said on Thursday that Bolsonaro is a ‘like-minded,’ grouping his election with other rightist leaders.
Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro won Brazil’s presidential election with 55.2% of the votes on Sunday, beating left-wing Workers’ Party candidate Fernando Haddad. Bolsonaro’s election campaign promised to focus on Brazil’s high crime levels and target corruption. Bolsonaro called himself a ‘defender of freedom’ during his victory speech. Haddad said Brazil’s democracy was ‘at stake.’
Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro won the first round of Brazil’s presidential election on Sunday with 46% of the vote. He needed 50% of the vote for an outright win. Bolsonaro will face left-wing Workers’ Party Candidate Fernando Haddad in the second round of elections on October 28th. Bolsonaro in Brazil has been compared to President Trump.
Imprisoned former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, on Tuesday, ended his legal battle to run for the top office in next month’s election. The decision comes less than two weeks after Brazil’s Superior Electoral Tribunal ruled that the popular but polarizing former president cannot run while serving his 12-year prison sentence. Lula had stepped aside to allow running mate Fernando Haddad to stand for the presidency.
The leading candidate in Brazil’s presidential election, far-right Congressman Jair Bolsonaro, was stabbed on Thursday at a campaign rally. Bolsonaro is in serious but stable condition and may need two months recovery. Bolsonaro is a controversial politician, having offended many with homophobic and racist comments. The stabbing added another twist to Brazil’s unpredictable election.
A large fire tore through the entire building of Brazil’s 200-year-old National Museum in Rio De Janeiro on Sunday, with no cause yet identified. The fire likely destroyed the museum’s collection of over 20 million items including historical memorabilia and archaeological items. Brazilian President Michel Temer called the fire an ‘incalculable loss for Brazil.’
Brazil sent extra protection to the border town of Pacaraima after Venezuelan migrant camps were attacked on Saturday. The attack was carried out by residents of the Brazilian border town which is the main point of entry for Venezuelans seeking refuge. The attack followed allegations that a local merchant had been attacked by Venezuelan migrants.
Brazilian President Michel Temer announced on Sunday that he will give $2.5 billion in concessions to truck drivers who blocked highways and affected the delivery of goods while striking for the past week. Although Brazilian truckers association Abcam called for an end to the strike on Monday, unwinding the protests will take time.