Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in a silent march on Wednesday in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital, demanding answers in regard to the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman one month ago.
Nisman was found in his bathroom with a bullet in his head a day before he was to address Argentina’s Congress with accusations that President Cristina Fernandez and other top government officials had covered up Iranian involvement in a 1994 bombing that killed 85 people at a Jewish community center. Days earlier, he had published a 300-page report, accusing Fernandez and her foreign minister, Hector Timerman, of a cover-up.
Fernandez is struggling to contain the public outcry for an investigation. Wednesday’s march was called for by federal prosecutors and attended by opposition politicians taking part alongside the general public. The march led to Plaza de Mayo, Argentina’s presidential palace. Similar marches popped up in support in Spain, France, Israel, and other countries.
Protesters waved Argentine flags and carried white signs with black letters that read “Justice!” and “Truth!”
Fernandez denies the allegations and initially suggested that Nisman committed suicide. She claims that rogue intelligence agents had given Nisman misinformation in attempts to destabilize her government. Officials have labeled the march as a politically motivated effort to weaken the government. Fernandez’s term ends in December, and she has vowed to remain in office until then.