Charlione Lessa Albuquerque, 23, was shot dead during a rally on behalf of the Workers’ Party (PT) candidate Fernando Haddad, Saturday in Pacajus, in Grande Fortaleza, just ahead of the second round of Brazil elections on Oct. 28.
The information was confirmed by the Public Security Secretariat of the State of Ceara. He was with his mother in a car when armed men, an alleged supporter of the far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro, got out from another vehicle.
Charlione was the son of Maria Regina Lessa, the president of National Secretary of the Working Women of CNTRV/CUT (National Confederation of Workers of the Clothing Sector of the CUT).
The confederation said in a statement that the victim was shot in a peaceful rally by a Bolsonaro supporter.
Fernando Haddad also took to Twitter to express his condolences. “It is inadmissible the murder of a young man, Charlione Lessa Albuquerque, who was in a rally of my campaign in Pacajus. He was in the car with his mother celebrating democracy and ended up dead. We need quick determination and punishment. To the family, all my solidarity.”
“The young man, who worked as a bricklayer, took part alongside his mother in the rally, which followed a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere. According to testimony, a follower of the candidate Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) disembarked from a car and fired several shots at the demonstration. After the shots, the killer proudly chanted Bolsonaro’s name,” said the CUT statement.
“The CNTRV demands from the Ceará and national authorities the rapid arrest of the murderer and other participants in the crime and awaits explanations from the PSL candidate for the presidency of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, whose followers act in an extremely violent way, driven by his discourse of hatred and intolerance against opponents,” the statement continues.
In a statement, the Ceará Public Security Department reported that the Military Police and the Department of Homicide and Protection of the Person (DHPP) of the Civil Police of the State of Ceará (PCCE) are working to locate the perpetrator.
Charlione, who had no criminal record, was taken to a local hospital but succumbed to his injuries shortly after.
CUT vowed to keep fighting for democracy. “Brazil is not an intolerant country and we can not allow an irresponsible candidacy, like Bolsonaro's, to transform our peaceful land into a battlefield.”