Argentina Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner unharmed after man points gun at her in a crowd

Argentina’s Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was threatened by a person with a gun late on Thursday, in what one authorities colleague described as an assassination try, however she was not harmed and no photographs had been fired.

The incident befell on the entrance of Fernandez de Kirchner’s Buenos Aires dwelling, the place tons of of protesters have gathered in current days to assist the previous president, who’s within the midst of a corruption trial.

The financial system minister, Sergio Massa, referred to as the incident an “tried assassination”.

“When hate and violence prevail over debate, societies are destroyed and conditions like these come up: tried assassination,” he stated on Twitter.

A police spokesman informed Reuters that an armed man had been arrested close to the residence and “a weapon was discovered just a few metres from the scene”. He stated the person could possibly be of Brazilian origin.

Tv footage had proven that no photographs had been fired after the person pointed a gun at Fernandez in the course of a crowd. Media famous that the person appeared middle-aged.

The Clarin newspaper reported that the gun was loaded, citing official sources. Reuters couldn’t independently verify this.

Gun to VP's head.
The person accused of level the gun on the Vice President has not but been recognized.
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Authorities and opposition leaders, in addition to politicians from different Latin American nations, 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, stated the incident required “rapid and profound clarification by justice system and safety forces.”

Supporters collect in entrance of the home of Argentina’s Vice-President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner after she had a gun put to her head.

“Cristina is the sufferer of a prison fascist who doesn’t know the way to respect variations,” added Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the frontrunner in subsequent month’s presidential election. “Thank God she escaped unhurt.”

However some politicians dismissed the severity of the incident: “This appears to be the clumsy motion of an unbalanced individual with no connection to politics,” stated lawmaker Martin Tetaz.

Present president Alberto Fernandez is predicted to handle the nation on tv in a while Thursday.

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