Argentina’s Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was threatened by a man with a gun late on Thursday, in what one authorities colleague described as an assassination try, however she was not harmed and no pictures have been fired.
The incident came about at the doorway of Fernandez de Kirchner’s Buenos Aires dwelling, the place a whole bunch of protesters have gathered in current days to assist the previous president, who’s in the midst of a corruption trial.
The economic system minister, Sergio Massa, known as the incident an “attempted assassination”.
“When hate and violence prevail over debate, societies are destroyed and situations like these arise: attempted assassination,” he mentioned on Twitter.
A police spokesman instructed Reuters that an armed man had been arrested close to the residence and “a weapon was found a few metres from the scene”. He mentioned the man may very well be of Brazilian origin.
Tv footage had proven that no pictures have been fired after the man pointed a gun at Fernandez in the center of a crowd. Media famous that the man appeared middle-aged.
The Clarin newspaper reported that the gun was loaded, citing official sources. Reuters couldn’t independently affirm this.
Authorities and opposition leaders, in addition to politicians from different Latin American international locations, expressed solidarity with Fernandez de Kirchner, who has been a divisive political determine and served as president for 2 phrases between 2007 and 2015.
Her successor, Mauricio Macri, mentioned the incident required “immediate and profound clarification by justice system and security forces.”
“Cristina is the victim of a criminal fascist who does not know how to respect differences,” added Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the frontrunner in subsequent month’s presidential election. “Thank God she escaped unharmed.”
However some politicians dismissed the severity of the incident: “This seems to be the clumsy action of an unbalanced person with no connection to politics,” mentioned lawmaker Martin Tetaz.
Present president Alberto Fernandez is anticipated to deal with the nation on tv in a while Thursday.