Latin America: Gunmen in front of Argentina's Vice President's apartment

According to media reports, an armed man was arrested during a scuffle in front of the apartment of Argentine Vice President Cristina Kirchner.

Latin America: Gunmen in front of Argentina's Vice President's apartment

According to media reports, an armed man was arrested during a scuffle in front of the apartment of Argentine Vice President Cristina Kirchner. He drew a gun when the former head of state (2007-2015) took a bath in the crowd in front of her apartment, local media reported unanimously. A pistol was secured from the 35-year-old, Interior Minister Aníbal Fernández told the newspaper "Clarín". The background to the incident was initially unclear.

In the past few days, chaotic scenes have been playing out in front of Kirchner's apartment in the elegant Recoleta district of the capital, Buenos Aires. Numerous supporters of the vice president are currently camping out in support of the popular politician. In a recent corruption trial against Kirchner, prosecutors had demanded twelve years in prison and a lifetime ban from public office. She is said to have been the leader of a criminal organization and brought the state around a billion US dollars.

Together with her late husband and ex-president Néstor Kirchner, she procured a whole series of public contracts for a friend of hers, without a tender. Part of the excessive construction costs flowed back to the Kirchners later. The Vice President rejects the allegations and accuses the judiciary of investigating against her for political reasons.

Kirchner represents the left wing of the governing coalition and has numerous supporters. Violent clashes between demonstrators and the police repeatedly broke out in front of her apartment. After neighbors complained about the constant rallies, the security forces set up roadblocks, which Kirchner's henchmen tore down.

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