Assassination ATTEMPT – Agents Swarm The Scene!
(DailyVantage.com) – Political assassination attempts are rare, but they do happen. In early July, a disgruntled constituent murdered former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe while he campaigned. Then, in June, there was the alleged threat on Brett Kavanaugh’s life. The most recent assassination attempt came from Argentina, where a man tried and failed to kill Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.
The Failed Assassination
On the evening of Thursday, September 1, while the vice president was outside her home, a man stuck a gun in her face and pulled the trigger. Security swarmed the man, later identified as 35-year-old Fernando André Sabag Montiel, a Brazilian living in Argentina. Fortunately, the gun failed to fire, despite holding five bullets. Authorities quickly took the man into custody, but he gave no reason for his attempt on her life.
Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez denounced the attack, calling it the “most serious” event the country has seen in nearly four decades. He used this statement to call for solidarity and the rejection of hate. He pleaded with his citizens to avoid caustic rhetoric “because it breeds violence, and there is no possibility of violence coexisting with democracy.”
Following the attack on Fernández de Kirchner, the Argentinian president declared Friday, September 2, a national holiday so the citizens could join the VP in “solidarity.” This announcement resulted in the suspension of many soccer games, and the governing body spoke out, condemning political violence.
A Polarizing Figure
According to media reports, Fernández de Kirchner, who previously served as the nation’s president from 2007 to 2015, is a polarizing figure in Argentina. She’s currently on trial for corruption charges, leading to shows of support and calls for accountability. The vice president stands accused of siphoning state funds and diverting them to a friend through a contract for public works projects. Prosecutors are seeking a 12-year prison sentence and would bar the politician from ever holding another public office.
Fernández de Kirchner denies the allegations against her, which include “aggravated fraudulent administration” and “illicit association aggravated by her quality as a leader.” She says she’s a victim of both political and judicial persecution, and politicians are using her as a scapegoat to get to the general public — their true intended targets.
Despite the scandals that have plagued Fernández de Kirchner, many citizens still hold her in high regard, as evidenced by her continuing roles in the government. The displays of support and the national holiday declaration speak to her popularity in the country.
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