President Alberto Fernández called the episode “the most serious since 1983 when the country regained democracy” and declared a national holiday this Friday so that “the people express solidarity with Cristina Kirchner”. Brazilian Fernando Montiel, based in Buenos Aires, even aimed a point-blank shot in the face of Vice President Cristina Kirchner.
On Thursday night, Cristina Kirchner, Argentina’s vice president, was the victim of an assassination attempt near her home in Buenos Aires. In the crowd of people, a Brazilian living in Buenos Aires, identified as Fernando Montiel, pointed a pistol a few centimeters from Kirchner’s face, but the weapon did not fire.
The man, promptly arrested, “held a gun to his head and pulled the trigger”, the President said in a national broadcast.
Fernández called this the “most serious incident” since Argentina’s return to democracy in 1983 and urged political leaders, and society at large, to repudiate the incident.
Supporters of the vice president have been gathering in the streets around her home in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, since last week, when a prosecutor requested a 12-year sentence for Kirchner, as well as a lifetime ban from holding office. public, in the context of a case of alleged corruption in public works when he was President of Argentina (2007-2015).
Current President Alberto Fernández spoke shortly after a video broadcast on local television channels showed Cristina Kirchner getting out of a car, surrounded by supporters outside her home, and then a man pointing out what appears to be a firearm to the head.
The President said the firearm had five bullets “and did not fire, despite the trigger being pulled.”
The man, whose identity has not been officially released by authorities, was detained seconds after the incident.
The state news agency Télam identified him as a Brazilian citizen.
Tensions have been rising in the Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires since the weekend, when supporters of the vice president clashed with police in the streets surrounding her apartment after security forces tried to demobilize the protesters.
Despite the open questions, government officials were quick to describe Thursday’s incident as an assassination attempt.
“When hatred and violence impose themselves on the debate of ideas, societies are destroyed and generate situations like the one we see today: an assassination attempt”, said Economy Minister Sergio Massa.
The ministers of the government of President Alberto Fernández released a joint communiqué in which they “strongly condemn the attempted murder” of the vice-president.
“What happened tonight is extremely serious and threatens democracy, institutions and the rule of law,” the statement read.
Former President Mauricio Macri also repudiated the attack. “This very serious event requires an immediate and in-depth clarification on the part of Organs judiciary and security bodies,” Macri wrote on the social network Twitter.
“We send our solidarity to the vice president in this attempt on her life,” Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said on Twitter.
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Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and presidential candidate, also expressed solidarity with Kirchner, saying he was “the victim of a fascist criminal who doesn’t know how to respect differences and diversity.”
Source: With Agencies