Explosion in a mosque in Herat, an influential imam killed
Argentina was in shock on Friday the day after an assassination attempt in Buenos Aires on Vice President Cristina Kirchner, which sparked a wave of unanimous condemnation in the Latin American country and abroad.
A man was arrested Thursday evening after trying to shoot Cristina Kirchner with a pistol at the bottom of her home, in front of which hundreds of activists have gathered every evening for eleven days to show their support for the ex-head of the State, currently on trial for fraud and corruption.
“Cristina is alive because for some reason that has not yet been technically confirmed, the weapon that contained five bullets did not fire despite being triggered,” Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez said in a statement. speech, a few hours after the incident.
According to footage from multiple televisions, the man pointed a handgun at Ms Kirchner’s head, just a few feet away, and pulled the trigger without any shots going off, as she signed books and mingled with sympathizers in the Recoleta neighborhood.
“I saw this arm spring up over my shoulder behind me with a weapon, and with people around me it was controlled”, told AFP on the spot a supporter of Ms. Kirchner, who did not have did not wish to give his name.
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.
She left shortly after under the shouts and boos of several dozen people present, AFP noted.
Of “enormous seriousness”
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 concord the Argentine people can express themselves in defense of life, of democracy, and in solidarity with our vice-president”.
The government coalition (center-left) Frente de Todos announced a demonstration “in defense of democracy” Friday at midday in Buenos Aires
The crossroads in front of the building where Ms. Kirchner lives was quickly cordoned off with “crime scene” tapes, and the police were taking samples.
According to several Argentine media, the suspect is a 30-year-old Brazilian, unconfirmed information from official sources.
The former president (2007-2015) is 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, during her two presidential terms.
In a highly polarized Argentine political landscape, the indictment gave rise to several demonstrations of support for Ms. Kirchner by the hard core of the Peronist left of which she is the icon. Rallies took place last week in several cities. And each evening, several hundred worshipers gathered near his home, singing and chanting their support.
“What a mess is brewing!”
As the hours passed, after the announcement of the attack, hundreds of people flocked to the intersection of Juncal and Uruguay streets, chanting “If they touch Cristina, what a mess is brewing!”, and holding up signs “Todos somos Cristina” (we are all Cristina).
The assassination attempt was immediately condemned by the entire government camp as well as by the opposition coalition “Juntos por el cambio” (Together for change).
The right-wing opposition leader and Mrs Kirchner’s successor to 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”.
Abroad, several Latin American leaders, on the left in the first place, reacted in the evening to show their sympathy for Ms. Kirchner. In Geneva, the UN said it was “shocked” by the attempted attack and wanted an investigation. “Any political violence must be condemned,” a spokeswoman for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights told reporters on Friday.
Adored by part of the Peronist left, but 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 the end of 2022. Even if convicted, she enjoys parliamentary immunity as President of the Senate and may not go to prison, or even run for the general elections in October 2023. .
This article has been published automatically. Sources: ats / afp
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