Who knew the mayor of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro was so fiesty? Eduardo Paes was all over the news this week after punching a constituent in the face. The cause for his aggressive move? He was called the Portuguese equivalent of “excrement” in a dispute before shocked diners at a restaurant. Though Paes issued a written apology after the episode, the world won’t soon forget.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about politicians in Latin America with their lids blown off completely in anger. Click through below for the worst politically-related fights in Latin America.
1. Political Brawls: Eduardo Paes
Rio de Janeiro’s mayor Rio Eduardo Paes reportedly punched constituent Bernardo Botkay after he was called the Portuguese equivalent of “excrement” during a dispute. Paes later issued a written apology to the city after the fight went down. As for singer Botkay, he reportedly said that he thinks it’s “noteworthy to be physically attacked by the mayor.”
“It clearly shows that he does not have what it takes to run the city,” he added. Ouch.
2. Political Brawls: Venezuela
In early May 2013, things got really ugly during a Venezuelan Parliament session. By ugly, we mean fistfights between the government and those opposing the newly chosen president Nicolás Maduro (the late Hugo Chavez's heir). The serious brawl was linked to the country’s election dispute – leaving several people injured. To watch the video of the fight, click here.
3. Political Brawls: DR
In January 2013, an intense fight involving chairs broke out in the Dominican Republic after the Dominican Revolutionary Party decided to expel former president Hipolito Mejia and three other senior-level members from its ranks.
4. Political Fights: Bolivia
Back in August 2007, a huge fight broke out in the Bolivian parliament during a discussion on whether or not to try judges on corruption charges.
5. Political Brawls: Argentina
Tensions were high in a 2010 Argentinian Parliament session during a disagreement over budgets. Then, violence exploded when opposition legislator Graciela Camaño slapped fellow lawmaker Carlos Kunkel in the face. The slap was broadcast live on two television news channels, according to The Telegraph.