MercoPress, en Español

Montevideo, July 23rd 2019 - 22:17 UTC

 

 

Argentine lawmaker wounded and aide killed in a shooting close to Congress

Friday, May 10th 2019 - 09:59 UTC
Full article 15 comments
“There is progress in the investigation. We believe the objective was Yadon, and they didn't want to kill,” Security Minister Patricia Bullrich told the media “There is progress in the investigation. We believe the objective was Yadon, and they didn't want to kill,” Security Minister Patricia Bullrich told the media

An Argentine lawmaker was wounded on Thursday and an aide was killed in a shooting about a block from the National Congress in downtown Buenos Aires, in what the country's security minister described as a “mafia-style” attack.

Two attackers shot at Congressman Hector Olivares and his adviser, Miguel Yadon, in early on Thursday. Yadon died at the scene and Olivares was in “serious condition” after undergoing surgery at a Buenos Aires hospital, officials said.

“There is progress in the investigation. We believe the objective was Yadon, and they didn't want to kill,” Security Minister Patricia Bullrich said at a press conference. Olivares is from the northern province of La Rioja.

Bullrich rolled surveillance video of the attack, which appeared to show Yadon and Olivares fall to the ground after being shot. In the video, two people emerge from a nearby parked car and stay for a few moments at the scene before driving away. Authorities later located the car, she said.

Bullrich said the shooting was premeditated, but that the motive, and whether it was political or personal, was still unknown and being investigated.

The Chamber of Deputies, one of the two chambers of Argentina's Congress and of which Olivares is a member, condemned the “brutal attack” in a statement on Thursday.

“We are going to go to great lengths to understand what happened and find the culprits,” President Mauricio Macri said in a brief televised statement after the attack.

Categories: Politics, Argentina.

Top Comments

Disclaimer & comment rules
  • Zaphod Beeblebrox

    “Chuckle..., chuckle..”

    You appear to find this appalling crime amusing.

    “ ...“killed” ...Nisman...under the direct command of Mme. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner...”

    Following the simple logic of who ticks all of the boxes for means, motive and opportunity in either case tends to point to Peronists doesn't it.

    May 10th, 2019 - 05:30 pm +1
  • DemonTree

    @EM
    “Ha Ha! Indeed...”

    You appear to find the crime amusing, too. The prospect that it might benefit your political enemies was your only concern, who cares if two people died?

    May 13th, 2019 - 11:59 am +1
  • Zaphod Beeblebrox

    EM,

    “Zaphod, our expert on all things Argentina”

    I would never claim that.

    ”Zaphod made his misleading comment... By doing so, he has shown his utter disregard for real facts when an opportunity to score some cheap political points arises.”

    I didn't present anything as facts on this occasion. I presented an opinion (in response to Think's non-fact-based attempt to score political points) that I even qualified with “...tends to point to...” So why do you hold me to higher editorial standards than either Think or yourself?

    “Changing subject, it appears MP isn't going to publish a story about [presentation of CFK's book]”

    Maybe because it was invitation only so was effectively a private event for supporters?

    “She spoke of hope for the future...”

    Hope is not a strategy.

    Did she explain how she was going to make everything fantastic? Did she explain why she didn't do that when she was in power?

    Did she talk about how things got so bad during her administration that she stopped releasing economic statistics and invented an official peso:US$ rate that resulted in the alternative blue peso rate? No?

    “What was most amazing, though, was to see the faces of those who went to see Cristina through giant screens.Those were the faces of emotion and hope. Hope.”

    So why was Macri elected if offering hope was sufficient? Is it because hope is easier to accept as an option that actually having to work to make society and the economy better?

    If CFK gets re-elected then Argentina can only blame itself for what happens next.

    May 13th, 2019 - 05:29 pm +1
Read all comments

Commenting for this story is now closed.
If you have a Facebook account, become a fan and comment on our Facebook Page!