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Attack on VP Cristina Fernandez Prompts Dialogue in Argentina

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    The sign reads, "The people protect Cristina." | Photo: Twitter/ @EpikaSMartin

Published 8 September 2022 (18 hours 11 minutes ago)
Opinion

Interior Minister De Pedro is talking with the opposition to see what is the best way to consolidate an Argentina that can "once again live in peace and democracy."

Eight days after the assassination attempt on Vice President Cristina Fernandez-Kirchner, the administration of President Alberto Fernandez again asked the political opposition to dialogue and avoid hate speech that promotes violence.

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On Sept. 1, Argentina entered into "anxiety" with the attack against the Peronist leader, said the Presidency spokeswoman Gabriela Cerruti, who asked the entire political class to renew the pact that allowed this South American country to restore democracy in 1983.

In a press conference held at the Pink House, she indicated that Interior Minister Eduardo de Pedro is talking with the opposition to see what is the best way to consolidate an Argentina that can "once again live in peace and democracy."

The attack on Vice President Fernandez-Kirchner took place on Sept. 1, when a man twice triggered a 9-millimeter weapon just inches from her face. This happened while she was greeting citizens who were holding a vigil at the doors of her house in Buenos Aires.

In a national broadcast on the night of the attack, President Fernandez said that democratic coexistence had been "broken by the hate speech that has spread from different political, judicial, and media spaces."

Cerruti insisted that the Argentina must question itself if the country should continue to follow a path in which "a sector of society believes that others do not deserve to live."

The presidential spokeswoman pointed out that the attack against Fernandez-Kirchner was not an isolated event but the result of a social process that was built gradually, as political actors "cross the lines" of what is permissible in a democratic society.

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