Attempted to Shoot VP fails

The country’s president claimed a man attempted to shoot Cristina Fernández, Argentina’s politically significant vice president, outside her residence, but the weapon malfunctioned.

Witness

According to officials, the individual was swiftly subdued by her security guards during the Thursday night incident.

According to President Alberto Fernández, a former president who is unrelated to the vice president, the pistol did not fire when the man attempted to shoot it.

In a national broadcast after the shooting, the president said that “a guy pointed a handgun at her head and pulled the trigger.” He claimed that the gun “didn’t fire even though the trigger was pressed despite having five bullets loaded.”

The vice president didn’t appear to be hurt, and the attacker, surrounded by her supporters, was quickly overcome.

Gina De Bai, who was a witness close to the vice president during the incident, said she heard “the sound of the trigger being pulled.” She claimed that until security workers rushed the man, she was unaware it was a firearm.

The attempted shooting was condemned by President Fernández, who called it “the most serious incident since we reclaimed democracy” in 1983 following a military dictatorship. The vice president was attacked as she was being tried for alleged corruption from her time as president from 2007 to 2015. She firmly denies the allegations, which has prompted her fans to encircle her residence in the affluent Recoleta district of Buenos Aires.

Fernández was seen exiting her vehicle while surrounded by fans in a video that was aired on local media networks when a guy is seen reaching out with what appears to be a firearm. The apparent gunman’s surroundings seem to be in astonishment as the vice president ducks.

According to an unverified social media video, the pistol almost brushed Fernández’s face.

The president proclaimed Friday a holiday “so the Argentine people can express themselves in defense of life, democracy, and solidarity with our vice president in peace and harmony.” Since last week, when a prosecutor requested a 12-year sentence and a lifetime ban on holding public office for Fernández in the corruption case, the vice president’s supporters have gathered in the streets near her home.

Government representatives quickly condemned what they dubbed an assassination attempt after the incident.

Economic Minister Sergio Massa said, “When hate and violence are forced over the exchange of ideas, societies are ruined and lead to scenarios like the one experienced today: an assassination attempt.”

The vice president’s attempted murder was “energetically condemned,” according to a news statement from cabinet ministers. “What happened tonight is extremely serious and puts the rule of law, institutions, and democracy in danger.”

The attack was also denounced by former president Mauricio Macri, a conservative who took over for the left-leaning Fernández. Macri posted on Twitter, “This severe event demands an urgent and deep clarification by the courts and security forces.”

President Fernández was condemned for his response to the attack by Patricia Bullrich, the leader of the opposition Republican Proposal party, who called him out for “playing with fire.” Instead of conducting an investigation into a tragedy, she claimed, he attacks the press and the opposition while announcing a national holiday to rally people.

Since the weekend, when the vice president’s supporters and police battled in the streets outside her apartment as authorities tried to clear the area, tensions have been high in the Recoleta neighborhood. After the altercations, there were fewer police officers in the area of the vice president’s apartment than there had previously been.

Leaders from the region also denounced the assault. Besides,Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro posted on Twitter, “We extend our sympathy to the vice president in this attempt against her life.”

In support of Fernández, former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva, a candidate for that country’s presidency in the upcoming month, described her as “a victim of a fascist criminal who doesn’t know how to accept differences and diversity.”

Fernández Routine

Every day around noon, Fernández leaves her residence, meets fans, and signs autographs before getting in her car to travel to the Senate. Every evening, she goes through the same motions.

Following the incident, the vice president’s supporters swiftly accused the opposition of spewing hate speech and encouraging violence. Several prominent authorities recently said that opposition leaders were searching for a fatality.

Axel Kicillof, the governor of Buenos Aires, stated that “this is a historical event in Argentina that must have a before-and-after.”

The Gunman

According to the authorities, the attacker who attempted to kill Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner on Thursday had a criminal history: Fernando Andre Sabag Montiel. He pointed to the head of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who, for the tenth night in a row, returned to her home amid the vigil of hundreds of her supporters on Thursday in one of Buenos Aires’ most calm districts. Despite having a pistol with five bullets, he did not fire after pulling the trigger.

The Argentine vice president was within inches of Sabag Montiel, a 34-year-old Argentine citizen born in Brazil. The mob had been gathered around the vice president’s house since last Monday. He fired a 380-caliber handgun at the former president’s forehead, but there was no round in the exit chamber, according to information presented by the authorities.

 

Gloria Flynt

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