BUENOS AIRES – Center-leftist Argentine lawmaker Margarita Stolbizer was attacked Thursday morning, along with other family members, in their home in the town of Castelar, in Buenos Aires province, by criminals who previously had kidnapped one of her sons as he was driving in his car, the legislator said.
“My son was driving my car, when a white Audi cut him off, they got into his car ... They ... spent half an hour calling to ask for (ransom). We had our cellphones turned off,” the opposition Generacion para un Encuentro Nacional (GEN) party lawmaker said.
While they were “driving around with him,” they threatened him and then took him to the family home, located in the western portion of the urban belt around the Argentine capital.
“I wasn’t deeply asleep and so I immediately noticed his entry, which seemed strange to me because I didn’t hear the door being closed ... Right away, I looked up and they were holding him with a gun to his head,” she said.
Stolbizer, who has filed a number of corruption complaints in recent years against former President Cristina Fernandez, who governed from 2007-2015, added that the attackers first entered her son’s room.
“They had asked him for money and he gave them the money that he had,” she added.
“They immediately entered my room, (my husband and I) got up. They pointed to (my son) and were always saying they were going to kill him, and to give them money. They asked if there were any weapons (in the house) and I gave them the money I had, and my husband did also. They made us lie down on the floor,” the lawmaker said.
Stolbizer said that the home invaders stole the “children’s little shoes” and a box in which she was keeping clocks and other household items, and before they left they let her son go and left the family lying on the floor.
“They left in their car and my husband’s Chevrolet. We called the police and the vehicle locator units. They traced them with the satellite system and they appeared quickly, and then the police came,” she concluded.
The assault came on the same day that Buenos Aires Gov. Maria Eugenia Vidal announced a new police patrol operation in the 190 areas in the province with higher crime rates.
A large portion of Argentina’s population is concentrated in Buenos Aires province and crimes against personal safety are considerably more frequent there than elsewhere in the country.