In an assassination attempt, a pistol was aimed at Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, known to threaten the Argentine vice president amid political turmoil. The suspect was reportedly detained on Thursday, September 1. As Argentine President Alberto Fernandez pointed out, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner managed to escape because the gun loaded with five bullets did not fire. The suspect has been identified as a Brazilian man named Fernando Andrés Sabag Montiel. Argentine President Alberto Fernandez said: “A man put a gun to her head and pulled the trigger. Cristina is still alive because her gun hasn’t been fired… for reasons yet to be confirmed.
The incident took place outside the home of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in the Recoleta district of Buenos Aires at 9 p.m. on Thursday, sources said. Hundreds of protesters gathered late to show their support for a former leader who is now known to be facing a corruption trial. Economy Minister Sergio Massa described the incident as an ‘assassination attempt’. He said that when hatred and violence triumphed over an argument, society was wiped out, and situations like this emerged and assassination attempts were made.
Viral video shows a man pointing a gun at Argentina VP Cristina Fernández de Kirchner
Argentina’s Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner managed to escape death after a loaded pistol failed to fire at the last minute. Her perpetrator, a 35-year-old Brazilian man, was arrested by authorities. He was recognized as Fernando André Sabag Montiel. The VP does not appear to be injured. Witness Gina De Bai, who was next to the vice president during the episode, told the Associated Press that she heard her pull the trigger. She said she didn’t understand that it was a pistol until the man was rushed by security staff.
Crazy video from Argentina—a man points to what he sees with a gun at Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who is cornered in political chaos over her corruption case. More here: https://t.co/nxn1Wgds1l pic.twitter.com/23spEVbAaY
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In the viral video, arms with guns are seen stretched towards the mosque of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner as they welcome their allies outside their home in Buenos Aires’ Recoleta neighborhood. When he pulls the trigger, she evades, but her gun doesn’t ring, and the people surrounding the man appear to have fainted. Security Minister Aníbal Fernandez told local cable news channel C5N that an individual (the VP’s) was kept by (VP’s) security personnel who were identified as possessing guns by people in the vicinity, according to the AP.
🇦🇷 | Breaking News: Police have identified a person who attempted to assassinate current Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. pic.twitter.com/f0IHBeH4y5
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The office of President Alberto Fernandez has released a press release stating that it “denounces the attempt to assassinate the vice president.” What happened this evening is of immense importance and threatens democracy, institutions, law and order, and reads the release per the AP. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner served as President twice between 2007 and 2015. Last week, prosecutors sought a 12-year sentence for cases involving corruption in public works in the mid-2000s. She is expected to run for president in next year’s general election.