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Argentina Assassination Threat Spooks Brazilian Presidential Candidates

  • Security protocols in place will be more strictly enforced
  • Shields, bullet-proof vests, hug bans among security measures
Jair Bolsonaro and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
Jair Bolsonaro and Luiz Inacio Lula da SilvaPhotographer: Jonne Roriz/Bloomberg

An attack on Argentina’s vice president sent shock waves through the campaigns of Brazil’s presidential front-runners just weeks before October’s election.  

People familiar with the security teams of President Jair Bolsonaro and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said that current protocols will be more strictly enforced after the incident in Buenos Aires Thursday night, when a man came within inches of Argentina’s Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, pulling the trigger of a loaded gun that did not fire.