The former president and vice president of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, was greeted by fans outside her home in the Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires when a guy pulled a revolver and pointed it inches from her face. A Brazilian guy, 35, was detained at the scene, according to the Argentine newspaper Clarn.

The dramatic events on Thursday night at about 9 o’clock were caught on tape by television crews keeping watch outside Fernández de Kirchner’s residence, where supporters had congregated for days to protest the corruption allegations brought against her in court. In the video, a man is seen pushing past supporters while aiming a gun toward Fernández de Kirchner’s face and appearing to misfire in his attempt.

Fernández de Kirchner was allegedly the target of the man’s gunpoint, but no shots were fired. Argentina’s most prominent politician and the two-term president is seen retching, concealing her face, and hunching over. There were no signs of injury on her part.

According to polls, Fernández de Kirchner and the unrelated Alberto Fernández might win by as much as 19 percentage points. The minister stated that he wanted to be cautious with details until the probe had more information. This year, anger over accusations of corruption brought against Fernández de Kirchner in court has been the focal point of alarming increases in verbal violence among Argentina’s opposition lawmakers. Opposition politicians have demanded a second death penalty for the vice president.

Rallies in Argentina

Sergio Massa, the economy minister, referred to the incident as an attempted assassination. Former president Mauricio Macri ordered an immediate investigation into this severe incident. She served two tenures as president from 2007 to 2015 in her home province of Santa Cruz. During this time, Fernández de Kirchner was accused of favoring the construction company of a close associate for road contracts.

Following the prosecutor’s request for a 12-year sentence last week, there were numerous rallies across Argentina. It includes rallies in front of Fernández de Kirchner’s Buenos Aires residence. She responded that the accusations were political and that she was about to face a media-judicial firing squad. It shocked Brazilians to learn that the accused perpetrator was Brazilian since worries had been rising that Jair Bolsonaro, the country’s far-right president, may be the inspiration for some violent incidents.

The leftist former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Bolsonaro will contest the presidency of Brazil. Lula started donning a bulletproof jacket during rallies out of concern about a similar attack by right-wing radicals. 

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