G20 summit expert mugged and injured in Buenos Aires

  1. Victim tweeted "don't cry for me, cry for Argentina" to well-wishers
  2. Government urges Buenos Aires residents "to leave city" for summit

A professor serving as a journalist at the G20 presidential summit has been the victim of an assault days before the start of the high-level meeting.

Canadian academic John Kirton said he was assaulted and beaten by two young people Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, at the crossing of Madero and Lavalle avenues, near the terminus of the shuttle to commute the summit’s different venues.

Wealthy Buenos Aires quarter Puerto Madero is home for embassies and offices of large international companies. However, the public policing expert — with lengthy experience on global meetings, having covered 44 of them without one incident — complained bitterly from his Twitter account about the lack of citizen security in the Argentine capital.

Although at first it was believed his belongings had been stolen, local newspaper Clarín reported that Kirton was approached by two youngsters who grabbed him from behind and pushed him to the floor, but did not take anything away thanks to the help of two women who fought the criminals off.

Last weekend all alerts were raised pointing at police authorities when local football derby and Copa Libertadores final match River Plate vs Boca Juniors had to be suspended, due to the footballers’ bus being pelted with bottles that broke the vehicle’s windows and hurt four Boca players.

The G20 summit, which is to take place the coming weekend, has brought scrutiny to the city’s preparations to host the appointment. Traveling through the capital of tango is likely to be more than complicated during the event’s weekend, as a 22,000-strong police operation is in progress to prevent expected demonstrations and protests to interrupt the two-day meeting.

Friday has been declared a public holiday, flights to and from local airports may be on diversion as detailed by goverment news agency Télam, and public transport will be cancelled, after security minister Patricia Bullrich recommended to “use the long weekend to leave. On Thursday, because the city’s going to get very complicated [in the weekend].”

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