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Montevideo, May 21st 2019 - 18:43 UTC

Armed man arrested in Argentina’s presidential office: he wanted to meet with Mauricio Macri

Monday, May 13th 2019 - 17:03 UTC
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The Military House arrested and put under judicial disposal a man who, “claiming to have an audience” with the president, tried to enter with a firearm in his briefcase The Military House arrested and put under judicial disposal a man who, “claiming to have an audience” with the president, tried to enter with a firearm in his briefcase

An armed man was arrested in the Casa Rosada, Argentina’s presidential office, who tried to enter on the grounds that he had an audience with President Mauricio Macri. The suspect was carrying a box with a Magnum 44 Taurus revolver and was arrested by the Military House before entering the building, according to information from the Government office in Buenos Aires.

The arrested man is Francisco Ariel Muñiz (36), a person who, “claiming to have a hearing” with the president, tried to enter with a firearm in his portfolio.

“Upon finding out that the hearing with the president did not exist, the man tried to leave the briefcase containing a Magnum 44 Taurus revolver,” the Argentine presidency added in a bulletin.

This fact occurs almost two years after a man with psychiatric problems also tried to circumvent the security of the building by crashing into the bars of the Casa Rosada during night.

The head of state has received various threats through social networks and by telephone, as when in August 2017 a 26-year-old man was apprehended and accused of threatening to “burst” his house.

Last November, four teenagers were imprisoned and later released, for trying to enter with a car in a Macri holliday residence, giving as an excuse that one was the goddaughter of the president.

They had managed to pass the first access control to the fifth, at a time when the president was resting with his family.

However, when the security officers became aware of the deception and tried to stop them, the driver of the car backed off and left the place, which led to a police pursuit.
Finally, the four were arrested later in a fast food restaurant.

The image of Macri has fallen sharply in the polls in recent months, which has worsened the economic crisis that the country is living since, at the end of April 2018, began a sharp devaluation of the peso, inflation rose and it was triggered in a recession that still continues. Macri is still a candidate for October’s presidential elections.

 

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  • DemonTree

    Are you complaining because they didn't report the bomb threat, or because they did report the armed weirdo trying to reach the President? Some people are never happy.

    Also, when are you going to tell JB all the wonderful things Evita accomplished?

    Posted 6 days ago +1
  • DemonTree

    @EM
    “Without saying who the guy was, of course many readers will assume it was an opposition job.”

    That would be foolish without more information, especially after the politicians' murder turned out to be for personal reasons. Has the armed man said what his motive was?

    “However, I am just suspicious about both “alerts.””

    You seem a tad paranoid. Looking at it logically, a fake bomb alert is low risk, but also isn't going to stay in the news for long. Doesn't seem much good as a distraction from long term economic problems. And for a short term distraction they could announce some new plan or initiative without resorting to subterfuge. On the other hand, the armed man in the Casa Rosada didn't do anything dramatic and was arrested. Going to jail for threatening the president is quite a sacrifice for not much benefit, isn't it?

    Re JB, he is willing to listen to other people's views. The fact he disagrees with you on some subjects does not make him a dinosaur, and he's not here to cheer lead for Macri. It wouldn't be too hard to list what Evita's major achievements are in your opinion, and when you don't reply to questions like that it makes it look like you can't come up with an answer.

    Posted 6 days ago +1
  • Zaphod Beeblebrox

    EM,

    ”(No offense to the true dinosaurs)”

    Just curious, why are you concerned about offending lifeforms that have been extinct for millions of years with brains the size of a walnut? Are they kindred spirits?

    Posted 6 days ago +1
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