Vice President Cristina Kirchner narrowly escapes assassination attempt

Vice President Cristina Kirchner narrowly escapes assassination attempt

Argentina’s Vice President Cristina Kirchner was the target of an attempted attack on Thursday evening in Buenos Aires. A man, believed to be of Brazilian nationality, was arrested.

A man was arrested Thursday night in Buenos Aires after pointing his ‘loaded’ gun at the Vice President Argentina Cristina Kirchner in front of her home, an incident that sparked a wave of condemnation from the political class in the country and internationally.

According to footage from multiple televisions, the man pointed a handgun at Cristina Kirchner’s head, just a few feet away, with no shots fired, as she signed books and mingled with sympathizers, who came to wait for her at the bottom of her home, in the Recoleta district.

Police officers then seized the suspect, led him into a police car in an adjoining street, immediately surrounded by a thick cordon of police officers. This one left shortly after under the cries and boos of several dozen people present.

the suspect is of Brazilian nationality

“Cristina is alive because for some reason that has not yet been technically confirmed, the weapon that contained five bullets did not fire despite having been triggered,” Argentine President Alberto Fernandez said in a statement. speech.

The Head of State denounced a fact “of enormous gravity, the most serious to have occurred since our country regained democracy” in 1983. He announced that he had decreed a national holiday on Friday, “so that in peace and harmony, the Argentine people can express themselves in defense of life, of democracy, and in solidarity with our vice-president”.

According to several Argentine media, the suspect is a 30-year-old Brazilian, unconfirmed information from official sources.

currently on trial for fraud and corruption

Hundreds of activists have been gathering every evening for ten days in front of Cristina Kirchner’s home, to show their support for the former head of state (2007-2015), currently on trial for fraud and corruption.

On August 22, the prosecution requested a 12-year prison sentence and life ineligibility against her in this trial, which concerns the awarding of public contracts in her stronghold of Santa Cruz (south), during her two presidential terms. .

In a highly polarized Argentine political landscape, the indictment gave rise to several demonstrations of support for Cristina Kirchner. They were only a few dozen Thursday evening at the time of the incident.

Policy support

Thursday evening’s incident was immediately condemned by the entire government camp as well as by the opposition coalition “Juntos por el cambio” (Together for change).

The leader of the right-wing opposition and successor to Cristina Kirchner in the presidency Maurico Macri (2015-2019) expressed his “absolute condemnation of the attack suffered by Cristina Kirchner, which fortunately had no consequences for the vice-president. president”.

The former president and presidential candidate of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silvaalso expressed his support on Twitter: “All my solidarity with the comrade, victim of a fascist criminal who does not know how to respect differences and diversity”.

Adored by part of the Peronist left, a divisive personality hated by the opposition, Cristina Kirchner, 69, remains seven years after her departure from the presidency an influential figure in Argentine politics, one year from a presidential election for which she did not make her intentions known.

A verdict in her trial is not expected until late 2022. Even if convicted, she enjoys parliamentary immunity as President of the Senate and may not go to jail or even stand in the general elections of October 2023.

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