Buenos Aires, Sep 2: A person was detained on Thursday evening after he reportedly aimed a handgun at point-blank vary towards Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernández in what authorities ministers characterised as an assassination try.
The person, who had not been recognized, was detained seconds into the incident. Video from the scene broadcast on native tv channels reveals Fernández exiting her automobile surrounded by supporters exterior her house when a person could be seen extending his hand with what appears like a pistol and the vp geese.
Supporters surrounding the individual seem shocked at what is going on amid the commotion within the Recoleta neighbourhood of Argentina’s capital. “A person who was identified by those who were close to him who had a gun was detained by (the vice president’s) security personnel. They set him aside, found the weapon, and now it must be analyzed,” Security Minister Aníbal Fernández told local cable news channel C5N. The minister said he wanted to be careful in providing details until the investigation learned more.
There was no official comment on whether the gun was real. Unverified video posted on social media shows the pistol almost touched Fernández’s face. Despite the open questions, government officials were quick to describe the incident as an assassination attempt.
“When hate and violence are imposed over the debate of ideas, societies are destroyed and generate situations like the one seen today: an assassination attempt,” Economy Minister Sergio Massa said. Ministers in President Alberto Fernández’s government issued a news release saying they “energetically condemn the attempted homicide” of the vp.
“What occurred tonight is of utmost gravity and threatens democracy, establishments and the rule of legislation,” reads the discharge. Former President Mauricio Macri additionally repudiated the assault.
“This very serious event demands an immediate and profound clarification by the judiciary and security forces,” Macri wrote on Twitter. Supporters of the vp have been gathering within the streets surrounding her house since final week, when a prosecutor known as for a 12-year sentence for Fernández in a case involving alleged corruption in public works. Tensions have been operating excessive within the higher class Recoleta neighbourhood for the reason that weekend, when the vp’s supporters clashed with police within the streets surrounding her condominium amid an effort by legislation enforcement officers to clear the realm. Fernández, who shouldn’t be associated to the present president, served as president herself in 2007-2015.