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SAO PAULO (Reuters) – A neighborhood official from Brazil’s leftist opposition Staff’ Celebration (PT) was shot lifeless on Saturday by a federal jail guard shouting help for right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, in response to a state civil police report and a witness.

Marcelo Arruda, a municipal guard and PT official, was celebrating his party within the southern Brazilian metropolis of Foz de Iguacu, within the state of Parana, when Jorge Jose da Rocha Guaranho entered the occasion and shot him lifeless.

Arruda, who was additionally armed, shot again, killing Guaranho, in response to a PT assertion.

The loss of life of the 2 males augurs badly forward of an October election that many anticipate to develop into extremely fraught in politically polarized Brazil. Leftist former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is the PT’s presidential candidate and presently leads Bolsonaro in polls.

Bolsonaro, who has lengthy railed in opposition to Lula and his leftist allies, has floated the thought of not accepting any election loss, citing unfounded claims of election fraud and issues with Brazil’s extensively revered digital voting system.

Based on a state civil police report and a witness who spoke with Reuters, Guaranho appeared on the celebration, uninvited, pointing a gun whereas additionally shouting insults at these current and phrases in help of Bolsonaro.

Aluizio Palmar, a journalist on the celebration, instructed Reuters {that a} man arrived and began screaming in help of Bolsonaro, describing him as a “legend.”

Based on Palmar, the person left however returned about 15 or 20 minutes later, pointing a gun at Arruda.

Arruda ordered him to cease, figuring out himself as a member of the safety forces.

Each males then opened fireplace, killing one another, in response to the PT assertion, the police report and safety digital camera pictures in native media.

“One other expensive comrade handed away this morning, a sufferer of intolerance, hatred and political violence,” mentioned the PT’s nationwide president Gleisi Hoffmann in an announcement.

Bolsonaro’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

(Reporting by Lisandra Paraguassu and Eduardo Simões; Writing by Ana Mano; Enhancing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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