The building that houses Grupo Clarín, Argentina’s largest communications conglomerate, was attacked with Molotov cocktails, as disclosed on Tuesday (23) by the company, which said there were no injuries in the incident.
“We regret and condemn this serious act, which at first sight appears as a violent expression of intolerance against a media outlet. We await urgent clarification and sanction”, indicated the group, in a statement.
According to information published on the website of the newspaper Clarín, during the night, a group of at least nine hooded people threw seven to eight incendiary artifacts against one of the building’s entrances, which is located in the Barracas neighborhood of Buenos Aires.
The building, at the time of the attack, was closed. Molotov cocktails hit a door in the entrance hall, causing a fire to break out. “No victims were registered, nor people injured”, indicated the statement issued by Grupo Clarín.
The note indicates that the company registered the occurrence with the authorities, who are analyzing the videos with images of the attack. The investigation of the case was in charge of Federal Court number 9, under the responsibility of Judge Luis Rodríguez, who classified the action as an act of “public intimidation”.
The Asociación de Entidades Journalísticas Argentinas (Adepa) issued a statement in which it “strongly condemns” the attack on the headquarters of Grupo Clarín. “It is a violent expression of intolerance. A serious attack on freedom of expression”, points out the note, which still asks for “rapid clarification” on the case.
The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, spoke on Tuesday about the attack, also in a tone of condemnation of the act. “I want to express our repudiation of the episode that took place outside the offices of the Clarín newspaper. Violence always alters democratic coexistence”, wrote the head of government on Twitter.
“We hope that the facts are clarified, and the authors are identified based on the investigation that is ongoing”, completed the president.
The country’s Security Minister, Aníbal Fernández, also used Twitter to express his rejection of the action against Grupo Clarín. “I trust that the authors are identified and that they are held responsible,” he said.
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