Argentine president attacked by protesters

Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez has been attacked by a group of mining opponents while touring a part of the country struck by recent forest fires.

Fernandez was in a car near the city of Lago Puelo in Chubut Province in the Patagonia region when a group of people began pelting the vehicle with stones, breaking two windows.

They also shouted insults directed at Mariano Arcioni, the governor of Chubut province. Arcioni backs a mining project which has the president’s support, according to newspaper El Chubut.

Fernandez was in the area to assess damage from fires that have been burning for days at the foot of the Andes.

According to media reports, 2000 hectares and 250 houses have been damaged or destroyed in the blaze, with more than 200 families taken to safety from four communities in the area.

There have also been reports of dozens of people injured and some missing individuals.

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