Argentina says man who tried to assassinate Cristina Kirchner detained

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Argentina has arrested a man who tried to shoot Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner on Thursday evening, President Alberto Fernández said.

Video footage shows a man pointing a gun at the head of the vice president in Buenos Aires, the capital. The gun was loaded with five bullets and the man pulled the trigger, Fernández said, although the gun did not fire. Kirchner, 69, is unharmed and guarded by federal police. The incident is under investigation.

A 35-year-old Brazilian man has been arrested, Argentina’s security minister said. In a video of the episode posted to social media by a television station, a click can be heard as the firearm is swung just inches from the vice president’s face.

“We are facing an event of extreme institutional and human gravity. Our vice president has been attacked,” Fernandez said in a national speech at midnight.

Kirchner, a left-wing populist, previously served as the country’s president from 2007 to 2015 and first lady from 2003 to 2007. The incident took place near her residence, where dozens of people had gathered to meet the vice president. support before the court. allegations of corruption.

“This was an assassination attempt,” the vice president’s lawyer, Gregorio Dalbón, wrote Twitter, urges the Argentine justice system to act quickly. “Hatred and violence end badly.”

“This serious incident requires immediate and in-depth clarification by the justice system and security forces,” Mauricio Macri, a right-wing former president, tweeted after the attack.

Argentina’s lawmaker, which is controlled by Kirchner’s allies, plans to set up a special commission to investigate the attack.

Kirchner, a divisive figure on Argentina’s political scene, faces up to 12 years in prison for her alleged involvement in a government procurement corruption scheme. She denied involvement, calling the trial a case of “political persecution.”

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Axel Kicillof, an ally of Kirchner and governor of Buenos Aires Province, described the attack: on Twitter as “one of the worst episodes in our history.

“Those who push for prosecution, incite violence and even calls for the death penalty must stop now. You cannot continue to promote hatred and violence,” he wrote.

“All my solidarity with my friend Cristina Kirchner, a victim of a fascist criminal who did not know how to respect differences and diversity,” tweeted Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, whose term as Brazilian president overlapped Kirchner’s stint as Argentina’s top leader. “Cristina is a woman who deserves the respect of every Democrat in the world. Thank God she escaped unharmed.”

There is no direct evidence that the alleged attacker was politically motivated. Fernández, the president, asked the judge investigating the case to ensure the safety of the alleged attacker while in custody.

Argentina is facing one of the world’s worst inflation crises, with interest rates hovering around 70 percent. The country has been cycled by three economy ministers since July.

A disagreement over how to deal with the economic crisis has divided Kirchner and the president. Kirchner has argued for a universal basic income, while Fernández has appointed economic policymakers leaning towards austerity.

Kirchner’s late husband and presidential predecessor, Nestor Kirchner, helped Argentina out of economic collapse. Together, they built an economic movement marked by heavy-handed economic intervention and growth, but its legacy was marred by allegations of corruption.


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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