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Portugal arrests man after bomb threat at far-right party headquarters

Portuguese police detained this Thursday (23) a man who threatened to blow up the headquarters of the far-right Chega party, and sent him for psychiatric evaluation after failing to find any explosive device on him, a police authority said.

The incident follows the attempted assassination of Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico last week, which has raised concerns about the safety of politicians amid growing polarization and animosities across the European continent ahead of elections for the European Parliament, on June 9th.

Police officer Sérgio Soares told Reuters that members of the corporation had responded to a call about a man who entered the Chega party headquarters in Lisbon with a suspected explosive device hidden in his backpack.

“We intercepted a man, who is 59 years old, called the explosives deactivation team and the dogs, who found no explosives, and the individual was taken to a hospital. He is talking incoherently,” said Soares.

The Chega party, which is anti-immigration and populist, quadrupled its parliamentary representation in the March 10 elections, and is now the third force in the federal legislature, after the center-right Social Democrats who lead the government, and of the socialists, center-left and currently in opposition.

Chega leader André Ventura, who was traveling at the time of the incident, told reporters that he was informed about a man who wanted to kill him.

“It is regrettable that this escalation of violence continues. We will reevaluate the security we have at our headquarters,” she said.

The party's spokesperson stated that the incident “is the result of the climate of hate and cancel culture created by the extreme left”.

After the shooting attack on Fico, Portuguese police stated that there was no need to increase the security of politicians in the country.

Source: CNN Brasil

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