The Vice President of Argentine, Cristina Fernández has survived an assassination attempt after an assailant pointed a gun at her Thursday night, September 1 at point-blank range, but it failed to fire.
The incident happened as de Kirchner was surrounded by supporters as she returned home after a day in court, where she is facing corruption allegations stemming from the time when she served as Argentina’s president from 2007-15. She has however denied all charges.
Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández said in a national televised address that “A man pointed a firearm at her head and pulled the trigger.” He further said the assassination attempt was “the most serious incident since we recovered democracy” in 1983.
“We can disagree, we can have deep disagreements, but hate speech cannot take place because it breeds violence and there is no chance of violence coexisting with democracy,” he said.
Authorities have arrested the gunman but have not released his identity. A video of the assassination posted online shows the gun nearly touching de Kirchner’s face.
Watch video of the failed shooting below