The two contenders in the bitterly controversial presidential race in Brazil have calmly insisted after a wave of attacks on journalists, activists and members of the LGBT community by supporters of extreme right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro, including beatings, a knife attack and a murder.
Supporters of the former parachutist – who himself was the victim of a murder attempt last month – are reportedly also victims of violence.
But an investigation by independent journalist group Agência Publica showed that an overwhelming majority of the violence was committed by supporters of Bolsonaro, who gave a 16-point lead to his left-wing opponent, Fernando Haddad, ahead of the second round of the run-off October 28.
Agência Pública said bolsonaristas were behind 50 separate attacks since September 30. In the same period, six supporters of Bolsonaro were attacked, according to the report.
"There is a bloom of hatred that I have never seen before," said a reporter who was attacked by Bolsonaro supporters in the northeastern city of Recife. "I'm afraid because it can be anyone now."
Voter frustration over spiraling violence and blood-curdling corruption – as well as an explosion of inflammatory fake news – mean an unusually poisonous atmosphere that has enveloped this year's election.
Activists say that online threats have risen since the beginning of the campaign, while video's of football fans who chant "Bolsonaro will kill queers" have spread the terror among LGBT people.
Several attacks were reported on Sunday when Bolsonaro won his resounding victory in the first round of the election.
The 40-year-old female reporter was attacked at point when she was going to vote, when two Bolsonaro supporters wore the journalist's credentials out of her neck.
One of the men, who waved a knife and wore a T-shirt with the candidate's face, took her by the arm and said, "If my commander wins the election, your fate dies in the press."
"The other said: 'Let's drop her and rape her', and the one with the knife, said: 'No,' let's cut her '& # 39; & # 39; , said the journalist, who wanted to withhold her name because she received threats after the attack.
She had been scratched with her knife over her face and arms before the two men took off when a passing car driver fired her horn.
Hours later, in the coastal city of Salvador, Romualdo da Costa, 63, became a master of the Afro-Brazilian martial art of capoeira, stabbed to death after a quarrel about politics, police said.
Da Costa had said that he had voted for Haddad, while the man who had told him support for Bolsonaro, reported BBC Brasil.
Bolsonaro made the attacks. "A man wearing my T-shirt goes too far, what does that have to do with me?", He told the reporters on Wednesday. "I have no control over the millions and millions of people who support me, the violence comes from the other side."
Later he changed direction, tweeting that he did not want votes from "those who use violence against people who do not vote for me".
Haddad also condemned the attacks. "We must put an end to this violence," he told reporters.
Agência Pública reported that a woman was arrested and left naked in a cell after the police in São Paulo caught on spraying the anti-Bolsonaro slogan "Ele Não"(" Not him ") on a wall Policemen support Bolsonaro with an overwhelming majority who has promised to give them more room to shoot suspects.
Agência Pública also reported that a university professor in the state of Bahia was arrested after he had stormed a man who sold Bolsonaro T-shirts. His university denied the accusation and said that he was quickly overturning a clothes rod because he felt threatened after he refused to buy one.
The violent state of mind took place on the internet in the form of threats to social media, a tsunami of fake news and an online game with a cartoon Bolsonaro that attacks feminists, leftists and political opponents.
Prosecutors have launched an investigation into the game, Bolsomito 2K18, whose description reads: "Defeat the communist evils in this politically incorrect game and be the hero who will free the nation from misery."
Fatima Arruda, 36, a black, LGBT Brazilian activist who lives in Germany and has 120,000 followers on her Facebook page, said the threats against her since the campaign have increased.
"I'm lucky that I do not live in Brazil, if I was there, I think something bad happened to me," she said.
Bolsonaro himself is notorious for repeatedly making homophobic and sexist remarks – he once said that he would rather be a child of his death than gay. Earlier this month, he was commissioned to pay a Rio fine of £ 10,000 ($ 13,000) for racist comments about black Brazilians by a court in Rio. He appeals to the judgment,
Crisnando Lima, 26, a student of homosexual design in the city of Teresina, said he walked to his local supermarket on Sunday when two men grabbed him and said: "When Bolsonaro wins, we will start to beat gay people."
The toxic political climate in Brazil became clear in March, when Marielle Franco, a gay, black city councilor from Rio de Janeiro, was murdered along with her driver, according to researchers, which was a targeted murder.
A week before the elections two candidates of the social liberal party of Bolsonaro posed, grinning with the broken remains of a replica street sign with the name of Franco, which was hanged by its supporters outside the city hall of Rio.
The two men were later elected to Congress and the Legislature of Rio de Janeiro.
Meanwhile Franco's sister Anielle (34) described how she was threatened last week by four men after she had picked up her two-year-old daughter from school. "Bullshit left," they yelled at her, "get out of here, feminist."
She told the Guardian that she was previously threatened online, but never in person. "There were so many insults that I could not remember them all," she said.