“It was a group of crazy people”: they minimize the assassination attempt on Cristina

Argentina.- The former president of Argentina Mauricio Macri minimized the attack suffered by the vice president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and thus joined the campaign carried out by opposition politicians and journalists, who insist on downplaying an assassination attempt for which four have already been arrested people.

“It is clear that it was something individual from a small group of crazy people and that it is not politically orchestrated,” said the former president in an interview with the LN+ channel, after criticizing the government for blaming the opposition for encouraging hate speech.

Macri thus anticipated the outcome of a legal case in which Judge María Elena Capuchetti and Prosecutor Carlos Rívolo are investigating the network of complicity around the attack with the intention of reaching the masterminds and, if any, the financiers of the operation.

On September 1, Fernando Sabag Montiel, a 35-year-old man, tried to assassinate Fernández de Kirchner while she was greeting supporters gathered near her home. The crime did not materialize thanks to the fact that the pistol failed.

Macri and most of the opposition representatives condemned the assassination attempt, although other leaders and journalists immediately began to sow doubts in public opinion.

That same day, for example, deputy Martín Tetaz insisted in a television interview that it was not an act of political violence. Despite the fact that he wanted to kill a vice president and a former president twice, he wanted to equate it with an “insecurity” problem like the ones any citizen can suffer.

Provincial deputy Amalia Granata, for her part, considered that it was “a pantomime” to “victimize” the vice president, while deputy Florencia Arietto considered the attack “very rare” and dedicated herself to trying to discredit each piece of evidence. presented.

discursive transition

Several opposition journalists also used their social networks to raise doubts about the assassination attempt with forceful position statements through phrases such as “I don’t believe anything”, and despite the fact that the judicial investigation had just begun.

A journalist even blamed the vice president herself for the attack, considering that she did not take the necessary precautions to take care of her personal safety.

Another assured that the political violence in Argentina had begun with the governments of Néstor Kirchner and Cristina Fernández (2003-2015), that what happened was their fault, despite the fact that throughout its history the country has had coups d’état since 1930, bombings in Plaza de Mayo, guerrillas, dictatorships and tens of thousands of dead, disappeared and imprisoned for political reasons.

At first, part of the opposition completely doubted the attack and fed the idea that it had not even happened.

When the images showed that, in fact, Sabag Montiel had aimed at Fernández de Kirchner, the opposition began to say that it was just “a water pistol”, that he had not had any intention of killing her.

Later, the judge and the prosecutor confirmed that the man had used a pistol that had five bullets loaded. So the opposition version was that it was “a lonely crazy man.”

This theory was also collapsed with the arrest of four people who are accused of different degrees of participation: Sabag Montiel, is designated as the perpetrator; his girlfriend Brenda Uliarte, his instigator; a friend of hers, Agustina Díaz, her accomplice; and Gabriel Nicolás Carrizo, alleged leader of the group that planned the failed assassination.

Nothing happened here

But, despite the fact that each of its arguments is shot down by the investigation, the opposition insists on adjusting its narrative to minimize the seriousness of the assassination attempt.

In fact, during the interview in which Macri joined this strategy, he compared the stones that various groups of protesters threw at him during a couple of acts during his Government with the attack suffered by the vice president.

The former president stated that, when he heard the news, he felt a “shock” that turned into “relief” when he learned that the murder had not been carried out.

“And then, of course, came the grotesque excess, the national network, the president calling a holiday, saying: ‘we don’t care about people’s lives, who have a hard time making ends meet, we take them out one day of work’; back the boys in the house… I said: ‘again the same’. And on top of that, to burden us with resentment, with more hate, blaming ourselves, “he said.

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