- NEWSWEEK - JACK DUTTON - JUL 8, 2022 -
Nacionalistas chineses nas mídias sociais usaram frases como "Abra Champagne!" para comemorar a morte do ex-primeiro-ministro do Japão Shinzo Abe, que foi assassinado na manhã de sexta-feira enquanto fazia um discurso de campanha em apoio a um candidato do Partido Liberal Democrata.
Abe, 67, was shot at twice on Friday approximately 11:30 a.m. local time in the city of Nara, close to Kyoto, while he was giving a campaign speech for Kei Sato, a fellow Liberal Democratic Party member and a national election candidate.
Abe was rushed to hospital in a helicopter and later died at 5.03 p.m, bleeding to death from two wounds on the right side of his neck, a doctor told a televised news conference.
Tetsuya Yamagami, a 41-year-old male suspect from Nara, was arrested at the scene and is being interrogated by police in custody, local media reported. Photos and video footage of the incident that he appeared to be standing behind Abe during a the speech when he allegedly shot at him. A witness told NHK that Yamagami did not try and flee the scene after shooting Abe.
He faces charges of attempted murder and told the police that he was dissatisfied with Abe and wanted to kill him, NHK reported.
Yamagami is, according to local reports, an ex-member of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, the country's equivalent of a navy. He reportedly served from 2002-2005.
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