Supporters Chant in Streets Following Attempted Assassination of Argentine Vice President

Supporters of Argentina’s vice president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner chanted in the streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the early hours of Friday, September 2, after a gun had been pointed at her face outside her home.

Video filmed by Instagram user Martin Mendez shows a crowd holding banners and chanting in support of Fernandez de Kirchner, a former president of Argentina.

In viral footage, a gun can be seen pointing toward Fernandez de Kirchner at close range. According to Pagina12, she was physically unharmed.

Local media reported the suspect, 35-year-old Brazilian Fernando Andres Sabac, was taken into police custody.

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez called on his countrymen to repudiate hate speech and violence, saying they were incompatible with democracy. He declared Friday a national holiday so that people could “express themselves in defense of life, democracy, and in solidarity with our vice president.”

Supporters had gathered outside the vice president’s home for over a week before the assassination attempt, as she faced a corruption trial for allegedly fraudulently awarding public works contracts, local media reported. Credit: @mendezmartinokis via Storyful

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