(CNN Spanish) — The Federal Police of Argentina reported that they arrested a man who apparently tried to attack Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner with a firearm.
The weapon used in the failed assassination attempt on the Argentine vice president was a .380 caliber pistol with bullets, according to the Security Ministry. The suspect was detained by the Argentine Federal Police and has been identified as Fernando Andrés Zabak, according to the official Argentine news agency Télam.
In a video of the attack broadcast by Argentine Public Television, a man is seen approaching Fernández and pointing a gun at his head. Although the man appears to pull the trigger of the gun, no bullets were fired, and after a few seconds of confusion, the man was taken into custody.
The incident occurred outside the building where the vice president lives, in the city of Buenos Aires, during one of the vigils that have been taking place outside the house for several days while the hearings for the so-called Vialidad case are taking place, in which a prosecutor She has asked for 12 years in prison, accused of aggravated illicit association as a boss and aggravated fraudulent administration, accusations that she considers respond to political persecution.
The Argentine Security Minister, Aníbal Fernández, said that they are analyzing whether it is a real or fake weapon.
In a video from the Public Television of Argentina you can see the moment in which a man approaches Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and points what appears to be a weapon at the vice president’s head, although the shot is not fired and then After a few seconds of confusion the man is reduced by custody. Police did not release the name of the suspect.
Politicians and international leaders react to the attack against the vice president
The former president of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, denounced this Thursday the failed assassination attempt against Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. Macri expressed his “absolute repudiation” of the attack on twitter and requested an “clarification by the justice and the security forces.”
For his part, the Minister of Justice of Argentina, Martin Soria, reacted on his Twitter account to the attack against the vice president. “The assassination attempt against @CFKArgentina is a before and after in our democratic history”, Soria wrote.
“When hate and violence are imposed on the debate of ideas, they destroy societies and situations like today’s are generated: an assassination attempt. All my solidarity to @CFKArgentina and her family”, wrote on Twitter Sergio MassaMinister of Economy of Argentina, in a tweet.
Argentine Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero also expressed his solidarity with the vice president: “They wanted to kill @CFKArgentina. It is the most serious act of political violence since the return of democracy. Christina Force”, Cafiero said on Twitter.
Opposition deputy Cristian Ritondo joined the condemnations of the attack on Kirchner and said in a tweet that “Violence is always the limit, my support for @CFKArgentina. It is very sad that these things happen again in our country. We cannot allow it.”
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