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Brazil Unease Rises Before Vote as Ex-Lawmaker Fights Arrest

  • Roberto Jefferson threw grenade at police officers: statement
  • Attack comes before Bolsonaro faces Lula in Oct. 30 runoff
Roberto Jefferson in 2020.
Roberto Jefferson in 2020.Photographer: Andressa Anholete/Getty Images
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Brazil’s political tensions soared at the start of the final week before a cut-throat presidential runoff as a onetime lawmaker resisted arrest and got into a gun battle with police carrying out a court order.

Former lower house deputy Roberto Jefferson threw a grenade at officers who arrived at his residence in Rio de Janeiro state on Sunday, the federal police wrote in a statement. He was taken into custody in the evening after an hours-long standoff and an initial pledge that he would defy law enforcement.