September 27, 2022

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner: At least 14 police injured as supporters of Argentina’s vice president protest

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Argentina’s state news agency Talam reported that police used batons and tear gas on protesters after a group of people tore down a fence ordered by the city government to be erected near the vice president’s residence.

At least 14 police officers were injured in the violence, according to Felipe Miguel, chief of staff of the Buenos Aires government. Four protesters were arrested after the clashes, the local government said.

Maximo Kirchner, center left, the son of Argentina's former president and current vice president Cristina Fernandez, gestures amid riot police officers during a protest in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on August 27.

The mayor of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodríguez Laurita, said that the wounded officers are being treated at the hospital.

“The protest turned into a violent situation. There was a group of protesters who started knocking down the fence, throwing stones, attacking the police,” Laurita said. “There is a limit to violence in the city of Buenos Aires. We will not allow situations of violence, as long as (such situations exist), the police will act,” Larreta said.

A federal prosecutor in Argentina demanded on Monday that Fernandez de Kirchner be sentenced to 12 years in prison for alleged corruption. The court is yet to rule on the prosecutor’s request.

Argentine President Alberto Fernández condemned the city government’s use of violence against protesting citizens “in freedom and democracy”.

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