Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was admitted to a hospital in Orlando, Florida Monday in connection with injuries he sustained during a 2018 knife attack, Just The News reports.
Bolsonaro tweeted out an image of himself in his hospital bed, along with a message thanking his supporters for their well wishes.
“After being stabbed in Juiz de Fora/MG, I underwent 5 surgeries. Since the last one, for 2x I had adhesions that led me to other medical procedures.
Yesterday new adhesions and was discharged from the hospital in Orlando/USA. Grateful for the prayers and messages of prompt recovery,” he wrote.
– Após facada sofrida em Juiz de Fora/MG, fui submetido à 5 cirurgias. Desde a última, por por 2x tive aderências que me levaram à outros procedimentos médicos.
– Ontem nova aderência e baixa hospitalar em Orlando/USA.
– Grato pelas orações e mensagens de pronto restabelecimento. pic.twitter.com/u5JwG7UZnc
— Jair M. Bolsonaro 2️⃣2️⃣ (@jairbolsonaro) January 10, 2023
Bolsonaro’s wife, Michelle, said in an Instagram post that the right-wing leader was admitted for abdominal “discomfort,” according to CNN.
In recent years, Bolsonaro has repeatedly found himself in the hospital thanks to the attack endured in 2018. In January 2019, Bolsonaro underwent surgery to remove a colostomy bag fitted after he was stabbed.
He was again hospitalized in July 2021 after feeling abdominal pain and hiccupping constantly for over a week, CNN says.
The former president’s latest hospitalization comes just months after a narrow October re-election loss to socialist Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva. In the wake of the disappointing defeat, the Bolsonaro family moved to the Sunshine State.
Back in Brazil, Bolsonaro’s supporters are working to prove that their leader’s loss was rigged. Over the weekend, pro-Bolsonaro protestors took over the Brazilian Congress, as well as the Supreme Court.
YouTube host Anthony Cabassa posted a clip to Twitter showing scenes from the sprawling protest.
“We Want the Source Code” a sign a top the country’s Congressional building read. According to Cabassa, protestors reportedly want the source code for machines used in Brazil’s presidential election.
HAPPENING NOW: Pro-Bolsonaro protestors have stormed Congress and are holding a banner that reads:
“We Want The Source Code”. It’s being reported the protestors want the source code for the machines used in Brazil’s recent election. pic.twitter.com/BejrUWmpTd
— Anthony Cabassa (@AnthonyCabassa_) January 8, 2023
Bolsonaro released a statement condemning the protest, saying, “Peaceful demonstrations, within the law, are part of democracy. However, vandalism and the invasion of public buildings like today’s acts, and like those practiced by the left in 2013 and 2017, are an exception.”
Despite Bolsonaro speaking out against the protestors, “Lula” da Silva blamed his political adversary for the attack, according to Fox News.
Fox also reports that nearly 1,500 pro-Bolsonaro supporters have been arrested by Lula’s regime.