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Brazilian President Bolsonaro attempts to seize YouTube heckler’s cellphone, video shows


As Bolsonaro took selfies with his supporters near the Planalto Palace, the president was questioned by Wilker Leao, an army corporal known for filming his clashes with the right-wing leader’s supporters and posting them on YouTube.

In the video, Leao can be heard asking Bolsonaro about his alliance with a group of right-wing and center parties called “Centrao”, which holds a large number of seats in Congress.

Bolsonaro and his leftist challenger, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, launched their rival presidential campaigns on Tuesday ahead of October’s elections.

Lula remains the first choice of 47% of Brazilian voters, according to a national poll by the Datafolha Institute published by the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper on Thursday evening. But the gap is closing with Bolsonaro up three percentage points since the last poll in late July.

According to Globo’s video, Leao is seen being pushed by an apparent security guard and refusing to leave. He begins to insult the President, calling him a “coward” and a “punk”.

“I come here every day, Bolsonaro. Let’s see if you have the courage to come out and talk to me,” Leao said.

The president can be seen getting out of his car saying he wants to talk to Leao. He grabs the YouTuber’s necklace. “Come here, come here to talk to me,” he said, grabbing Leao’s phone.

After the fight, Bolsonaro and Leao can be seen talking more calmly.

“You can talk to me all you want, you can talk all you want. There is no problem. Why this aggressiveness? said Bolsonaro.

“Because when I talk to you, sir, calmly, when I went there, I was forbidden to go back there to talk calmly with you, sir,” Leao replies.

Bolsonaro and Wilker Leao’s press office did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.


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