Brazilian deputy Carla Zambelli, a very close ally of President Jair Bolsonaro, chased a man at gunpoint this Saturday in the middle of a street in Sao Paulo, on the eve of the second round of the presidential elections.
Zambelli, who was re-elected deputy in the legislative elections on October 2, stated on her social networks that she acted in this way because alleged supporters of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva “surrounded” her and “assaulted” her when she was leaving a restaurant.
In a video released on social networks, it is observed how Zambelli crosses a street pointing a gun at a man, whom he chases until he ends up inside another bar, where the deputy entered with both hands on the gun, despite the presence of other people in the room.
“I was attacked recently, they pushed me to the ground. A black man, they used a black man, to go against me. They were several people. He was leaving a restaurant and several men approached. There was a woman with a red shirt next to him”, described Zambelli, a symbol of the most radical Bolsonarism.
The deputy, the third most voted in the state of Sao Paulo, assured on her Instagram account that they called her “daughter of a bitch, prostitute” and that she was spat on “several times.”
“When he pushed me, I ran after him, told him I was going to call the police and that he had to wait. He ran away and I pulled out my gun and ran after him to make him stop. He was afraid and he ended up in a bar”, he narrated.
However, another video of the event that also circulates on the Internet seems to deny Zambelli’s version. In it you see a group of people, including the deputy, apparently in the middle of a discussion in the middle of the street.
At a certain moment, Zambelli seems to stumble and falls to the ground, at which point she and another man, also with a firearm in hand, start a chase against the Afro-Brazilian accused by the parliamentarian.
This electoral campaign has been marked by a strong polarization between Lula and Bolsonaro, leader of the Brazilian extreme right, and by various episodes of violence of a political nature that in some cases have led to murder.
Lula and Bolsonaro will meet this Sunday in the second round of the presidential elections, for which the progressive leader is the favorite with an advantage of between four and seven points over the retired Army captain, according to the latest polls.
In the first round of the elections, held on October 2, Lula was the most voted candidate, with 48.4% of the votes, and Bolsonaro was in second place, with 43.2%.