Argentina Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has GUN pointed at her in 'attempted assassination' at her home | The Sun
A WOULD-be attacker threatened Argentina’s Vice President, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, with a gun on Thursday, according to local reports.
The politician was unharmed after no shots were fired at the entrance of her home in Buenos Aires, where hundreds of protestors were gathered.
De Kirchner is currently in the middle of a corruption scandal and was returning from court when she came into contact with the crowd.
She is accused of being involved in a plot to divert public funds while she was president between 2007 to 2015.
Prosecutors said de Kirchner could face up to 12 years in prison if convicted and a lifetime ban from politics.
She has denied all of the charges.
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Sergio Massa, the country’s economy minister, called the terrifying incident an “attempted assassination.”
“When hate and violence prevail over debate, societies are destroyed and situations like these arise: attempted assassination,” he tweeted.
According to police, an “armed” man was arrested near De Kirchner’s home and “a weapon was found a few meters from the scene.”
Police described the man as being of Brazilian origin.
The man allegedly pointed the gun at de Kirchner in the middle of a crowd, but no shots were fired during the incident.
Video shared on social media showed a crowd swarming de Kirchner as she got out of a car before a hand appears and points what appears to be a gun directly at her face.
De Kirchner ducks out of the way before security tries to block her from the possible gunman.
De Kirchner’s Frente de Todos party released a statement that said: “The incitement to hatred emanating from different spheres of political, media and judicial power against the former president, only led to a climate of extreme violence.”
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