The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, summoned representatives of different sectors for a meeting this Friday (2) with the aim of building a consensus against violence, after the failed attack suffered by the country’s vice president. , Cristina Kirchner.
Official sources reported that the head of state summoned representatives of unions, business, human rights and different religious beliefs to Casa Rosada, the seat of the Argentine government, this afternoon Friday to “build a broad consensus against hate speech and violence”.
The appeal was launched after the end of a government cabinet meeting headed by Alberto Fernández.
The meeting, which was called urgently, analyzed “the state of social commotion resulting from the attempted assassination of the vice president”, the Argentine presidency said in a statement.
The attack took place on Thursday (1), in front of Cristina’s house, in the R ecoleta, in Buenos Aires. In the midst of a crowd that greeted the vice president outside the residence, a man pointed a pistol at the vice president’s face, but there was no shooting – the weapon would have failed, according to the police.
Argentine authorities identified this man, who was arrested, as Brazilian Fernando Andrés Sabag Montiel, aged 35. Born in São Paulo, son of an Argentine and a Chilean, he has resided in Argentina since the 1990s 1990 and already had a criminal record for carrying unconventional weapons.
Argentina is experiencing a period of high political tension, and Cristina Kirchner is the subject of an arrest warrant by the Public Ministry in the context of a trial in which she is accused of corruption in the concession of public works during her terms as president (2007-2015).
Since then, groups for and against the former president and current vice president have demonstrated in the streets of Buenos Aires.
After the attack, Alberto Fernández issued a message on national television to condemn the attack and to declare this Friday as a non-working day, so that citizens could express themselves in the streets against the violence.
The government ministers confirmed that they will participate in the mobilization in Plaza de Mayo, in front of the Casa Rosada, in Buenos Aires, and invited citizens to expressed “in defense of democracy and in solidarity with the vice president”.
In addition, the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Cecilia Moreau, informed the cabinet meeting that a special session of the lower house for this Saturday to repudiate the attack on Cristina Kirchner.