Thursday night, after 9pm, a man apparently acting alone pointed a gun at Ms. Kirchner’s head, a few meters away, as she mingled with supporters outside her Buenos Aires home. According to television footage, the man appeared to have pulled the trigger without the shots going off.
A man arrested
Immediately subdued and arrested, the man was identified as Fernando André Sabag Montiel, 35, of Brazilian nationality but of Argentine mother and Chilean father, according to police sources cited by the official Telam news agency. Living in Argentina since 1993, he was arrested in 2021 for carrying a knife.
He refused to answer questions from the judge and prosecutor in charge of the case, according to judicial sources cited by the local press. He had previously undergone psychological tests which determined that he is “located in time and space” and is therefore justifiable.
A man, “Mario”, introducing himself as a friend since adolescence, described him on the Telefe channel as a “mythomaniac”, a “marginal” lost by the death of his mother, and whose life “was often influenced by alcohol. On his Instagram account, Fernando Sabag wore multiple changing looks and many tattoos including a black sun, generally associated with Nazi groups.
The attack was immediately condemned by the entire Argentine political class.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he was “shocked” by the assassination attempt which he “condemns”. The United States has “strongly condemned” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken indicating on Twitter that Washington is “with the Argentine government and people in rejecting violence and hatred”.
In Buenos Aires, the Plaza de Mayo, historic theater of Argentina’s joys and wraths, was a black Friday with a packed crowd, as well as several streets leading to it, at the invitation of the governing coalition Frente de Todos (center- left) and affiliated movements. “If the tocan has Cristina, that quilombo will arm himself! “(If they touch Cristina, what a mess is preparing!), Fetish song, resounded between bass drums and firecrackers in the rows, noisy and festive, of the supporters of Mrs. Kirchner, at 69, an essential figure of the Argentine went away.
In Santa Fe, Rosario, Cordoba, Tucuman and many other cities, the local media reported marches, called by pro-government sectors.
“Verbal abuse” has materialized
Revered by a fringe of the Peronist left, but divisive politics hated by the opposition, Cristina Kirchner, president of the Senate, remains an influential actress in the country’s politics a year behind her seven years after her departure from the presidency. presidential election for which you have not made your intentions known.
He is currently on trial for fraud and corruption, partly virtual trial, in which he does not participate. On August 22, she was asked for 12 years in prison and a life-long disqualification, in this case of the award of public contracts in her stronghold of Santa Cruz (south), during her two presidential terms.
After the indictment, hundreds of supporters gather outside the vice president’s home every night to sing their support. It was during one of these rallies, albeit calm, that the attack took place, which for many Argentines in the square on Saturday, also accustomed to the strong polarization of their politics, marks a break.
“There was already a certain level of verbal and symbolic violence, but now it has materialized. It’s a turning point, “said Diego Reynoso, a political scientist at the University of San Andrés.