Argentina vice president asks demonstrators to go home after unrest


BUENOS AIRES, Aug. 27 (Reuters) – Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner asked her supporters to stop a protest on Saturday as they defended their right to demonstrate after prosecutors demanded a 12-year prison term for alleged corruption .

After a tense day in which thousands took to the streets to defend her and two were detained in clashes that injured seven police officers, Fernandez de Kirchner gave a short evening speech on a makeshift podium outside her home.

“In a democracy, the right to freedom of expression is fundamental,” she said. “I want to thank you and ask you to rest. It was a long day.’

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Prosecutors on Monday charged Fernandez de Kirchner Monday of defrauding the state and involvement in a scheme to divert public funds while he was president between 2007 and 2015. read more

The largest demonstration by her supporters took place outside the vice president’s home in the elegant Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires, where police had erected fences in the early morning hours to prevent a large gathering.

In the afternoon, the protesters, who claim that Fernandez de Kirchner is a victim of legal prosecution and that the fences were erected by the opposition mayor of Buenos Aires as a provocation, broke down the barriers and clashed with the police. Fire hydrants tried to disperse the crowd with water.

“Today I woke up to the corner of my house literally under siege,” Fernandez de Kirchner said in a tweet. “They want to ban demonstrations of love and support that are absolutely peaceful and joyful, taking place in light of the already undeniable persecution by the judiciary.”

As a sign of support, President Alberto Fernandez later on Twitter criticized “the institutional violence unleashed by the city government.”

Mayor Horacio Rodriguez Larreta justified the erection of fences and the actions of the police, telling a press conference that “the demonstration turned into a situation of violence”.

Fernandez de Kirchner leads the hardest wing of the center-left Peronist coalition that has ruled Argentina since late 2019.

The verdict and any penalty will be decided by a judge, which could take months, although Fernandez de Kirchner could appeal any decision, potentially delaying a final verdict for years.

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Reporting by Lucila Sigal; Editing by William Mallard

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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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