Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was threatened by a man with a gun on Thursday night in what a government colleague described as an assassination attempt, but she was not injured and no no shot was fired. The incident took place at the entrance to Fernandez de Kirchner’s home in Buenos Aires, where hundreds of protesters have gathered in recent days to support the former president, who is on trial for corruption.
Economy Minister Sergio Massa called the incident an “assassination attempt”. “When hate and violence prevail over debate, societies are destroyed and situations like this arise: attempted assassination,” he said on Twitter.
A police spokesman told Reuters that an armed man was arrested near the residence and “a weapon was found a few meters from the scene”. He said the man might be of Brazilian descent. Television footage showed no shots were fired after the man pointed a gun at Fernandez in the middle of a crowd. Media noted that the man appeared to be middle-aged.
The Clarin newspaper reported that the weapon was loaded, citing official sources. Reuters could not independently confirm this. Government and opposition leaders, along with politicians from other Latin American countries, have expressed solidarity with Fernandez de Kirchner, who has been a controversial political figure and served as president for two terms between 2007 and 2015 .
His successor, Mauricio Macri, said the incident required “immediate and profound clarification from the judiciary and security forces”. “Cristina is the victim of a criminal fascist who does not know how to respect differences,” added Brazilian Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, favorite in next month’s presidential election. “Thank goodness she got away with it unscathed.”
But some politicians dismissed the seriousness of the incident: “It appears to be the clumsy action of an unbalanced person with no connection to politics,” said lawmaker Martin Tetaz. Current President Alberto Fernandez is expected to address the country on television later on Thursday.
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