Argentina. The attempted assassination of Cristina Kirchner

Argentina. The attempted assassination of Cristina Kirchner
Argentina. The attempted assassination of Cristina Kirchner
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On September 1st, Argentina experienced a critical moment with what at first glance appears to be an unexpected assassination attempt against the Vice President of the Republic, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

In front of a crowd celebrating the latter in front of his home, an individual, Fernando Sabag Montielwho was among the demonstrators, after evading the escort, aimed at Kirchner’s head with a 32-caliber Bersa pistol, pulling the trigger at least twice without firing.

The attacker was stopped by the demonstrators present on the spot and the gun was found on the ground (the reports later verified that the weapon had five bullets in the magazine but none in the barrel).

According to Kirchner’s statements, the latter did not realize what had happened until she returned home when the escort officers explained the situation to her. The Vice President also later stated that the task of escorting her is very difficult given her deep-rooted habit of approaching people by moving from one place to another, without following the previously established protocols on each occasion.

Immediately after the fact, as was to be expected, all kinds of speculations were made. Some people, albeit in a minority, have even claimed that it was a “staging” of the vice president to arouse a feeling of support in her favor. Others have even speculated that it was a “hit man” who responded to who knows what interests. A hypothesis, the latter, absolutely unlikely because if the goal had been to kill Kirchner, a professional assassin would never have made the blunder of not having bullets in the barrel in the gun.

The existence of a “mount” should also be discarded, given that the attacker aimed at the target two or more times: a clear sign that his intention was precisely to shoot. To this we must add the reaction of the political opposition, practically unanimous in “condemning the attack”, which would not have happened if this hypothesis were somehow likely. It is clear that we cannot fall into simplicity thinking that it was the gesture of a “lone wolf” who – without any help – evaded the escort and tried to shoot a few centimeters from the head of the vice president.

It is known – from what has been published on the net – that the assassin is an active militant against Peronism and Kirchnerism, and also a xenophobe who attacks immigrants (Bolivians, Paraguayans, Peruvians) which he considers to be slackers. Apparently, as evidenced by the presence of a black sun tattoo, it is an individual of neo-Nazi ideology who would belong to a group close to, or in any case linked to, those subjects who left mortuary bags in front of the Casa Rosada with messages of threat, guillotines and requests for the death of the vice president and other members of the government. At this point in the analysis the question arises: Do these small groups act alone?

There are details that make one suspect the existence of something deeper that would incite them to that end. Investigations revealed that there had been intelligence operations prior to the day of the failed attack; at the same time it is surprising how easily the attacker dodged the guards of the Federal Police, to the point of being able to approach the vice president with a firearm; in addition, the cell phone of Sabag Montiel it was seized by the Federal Police to decrypt it and, failing that, they took it to the Airport Security Police who have better equipment at their disposal, but it came on, in an open envelope and “reset to factory settings”.

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In this regard the electronic engineer Ariel Garbarzexpert and expert in cybersecurity, in an interview with the newspaper “El Ciudadano”, said firmly that “everything has been badly done. In all the cases I have worked on as an expert I have never seen such manipulation of such an important piece of evidence“. It’s still: “It is evident that it was done on purpose, neither the Federal nor the PSA experts did it, who know very well how to prevent data from being deleted on a mobile phone. That is to say that there was a maneuver by still unknown people who manipulated that cell phone since it arrived in an open envelope while it was supposed to arrive in a sealed envelope.“.

But, looking at what happened from another perspective, the question immediately arises as to what would have happened if the magnicide had been committed. Everything suggests that, if the assassination of the vice president had taken place, the social situation would have precipitated into total chaos, undermining the stability of a government already under pressure due to difficulties in the socio-economic field. Undoubtedly the emotions would have been exasperated, the clashes and the desire for retaliation would have led to deepen the “crack” that divides Argentine society and, almost with certainty, there would have been repressive action to control the violence. So who is behind the actions of these small neo-Nazi ideological groups? What are the real goals they set themselves?

History indicates that the action of fanatics who take on the task of cleaning society is always supported by those who use them as laborers. Those are the real principals who foment such actions to achieve their hidden goals. When I think about this, my imagination goes back to situations of the past that caused state control to fall into the hands of structures outside the republican organization and frightens the very thought that this could happen again. Citizenship and truly democratic political parties – without renouncing their ideological positions – must have memory and unite in resistance for the defense of the republic and national sovereignty.


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