Dozens of protesters hit and threw stones this Saturday on the minibus carrying Argentine President Alberto Fernandez on the move in a region in the south of the country ravaged by fires, according to local media. While leaving a communal center in the city of Lago Puelo, in the province of Chubut (south) in Patagonia, the head of state had to protect himself behind a human corridor in the face of the advance of the protesters.
The latter then stopped the minibus carrying the president, hitting the vehicle with kicks and punches and throwing stones in its direction, to the point of breaking windows, according to images broadcast by the TN channel and the daily newspaper. Clarin. According to this newspaper, the demonstrators were protesting against mining projects in the province of Chubut and against the local governor, Mariano Arcioni.
Fires ravaged the region
“The violence shown by a handful of people during my visit to Lago Puelo does not correspond to the vocation that animates us. I am sure that this violence is not shared more by the people of Chubut and by those who live in our dear Argentina ”, commented Alberto Fernandez on Twitter a few hours after the incident.
The fires in the region have left one dead and eleven missing since the start of the week. Dozens of people had to be evacuated in front of the advance of the flames and around 250 homes were destroyed, according to a report updated on Saturday.
The fires devastated 1,500 hectares of forest according to the Civil Defense, up to 15,000 according to the press. The fires caused “enormous damage”, underlined in the week the Minister of the Environment, Juan Cabandié, specifying that several localities no longer had either water or electricity.