Cristina Kirchner says that she is more “mystical”. And that she has plenty of reasons for it. That is why she chose to surround herself with priests for her first public activity since the assassination attempt he suffered two weeks ago. “I feel that I am alive for God and for the Virgin,” she said before a dozen “villero priests,” as those who work every day in the most marginal neighborhoods of Buenos Aires are called. Kirchner barely referred to what he felt that night of September 1, when a 35-year-old man named Fernando Sabag Montiel fired twice an automatic weapon inches from his head. The bullet didn’t come out. The justice processed this Thursday to Sabag Montiel already his girlfriend, Brenda Uliartefor having tried to assassinate the vice president “with prior planning and agreement.”
“I wanted my first public activity, so to speak, to be with you. If I had to thank God and the Virgin, I had to do it surrounded by priests for the poor, villero priests, lay sisters, religious, “said Kirchner in a room of the Senate building, where he has his official office. The villero priests are very close to Pope Francis, and although they do not usually participate directly in politics, they do not hide their sympathy for Kirchnerism.
The former president revealed that the morning after the attack she received a call from Francisco, whom she knows well from the years when she was in the Casa Rosada and Francisco was Jorge Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires. “He called me very early the next day that Thursday. We were talking on the phone and he told me something like: ‘Acts of hate and violence are always preceded by words and verbs of hate and violence. First is the verbal right? The aggression and then that climate grows and finally occurs,” Kirchner said, paraphrasing the Pope.
The Government has insisted from the beginning that the hate speech that, in his opinion, circulates in the press and in the mouth of the opposition they motivated the assassination. Sabag Montiel and Uliarte had affinity with extreme right-wing groups and participated in conversations on social networks promoting the death of Kirchner and other politicians. Justice decided this Thursday to prosecute them for attempted murder. In a 95-page file, they are considered intellectual and material authors of the crime. The investigation reaches a friend of Uliarte, Agustina Díaz, the protagonist of a chat series in which the assassination plan was openly discussed. “I sent a guy to kill Cristi”, Uliarte tells Díaz in one of the conversations.
For justice, Sabag Montiel and Uliarte “acted with homicidal intent,” and if they were unable to assassinate Kirchner at the door of his house and in front of hundreds of people, it was for “reasons beyond their control.” The bullet did not come out on the night of September 1 because Sabag Montiel did not fire the gun to insert a bullet into the chamber. The investigation now points to whether the couple had ties to a larger organization. Their sights are set on a very violent far-right group called the Federal Revolution.
Its members became known for throwing lit torches at the Casa Rosada, asking for “a bullet for politicians” and marching with a guillotine “to behead Kirchnerists.” It is common to see them in the Plaza de Mayo, in front of the Executive headquarters, insulting anyone who enters or leaves the building. The government asked, through the head of the intelligence services, Agustín Rossi, to investigate “if there is a link between the Federal Revolution and those who finally carried out the attack” against the vice president.
“The most serious thing is not what could have happened to me, the most serious thing was having broken a social agreement that had existed since 1983,” Kirchner said this Thursday before the villero priests, referring to the year in which the military dictatorship ended in Argentina. “I understand that recovering democracy was recovering life and the rationality that we can discuss Peronist, Alfonsinist, renovating, traditional Peronist politics,” he added, without naming the forces that respond to Mauricio Macri, today the main opponents.
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