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Opposition demands protection of Nisman's records; protest marches in Argentine cities

Tuesday, January 20th 2015 - 05:10 UTC
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“We are all shaken up, anxious for the things happening in our country,” Penal Legislation Committee chairwoman Patricia Bullrich said. “We are all shaken up, anxious for the things happening in our country,” Penal Legislation Committee chairwoman Patricia Bullrich said.
Protestors took to the streets of Argentine cities carrying national flags and banners saying “I'm Nisman” (Pic Reuters) Protestors took to the streets of Argentine cities carrying national flags and banners saying “I'm Nisman” (Pic Reuters)

A group of Argentine opposition senators and lawmakers went ahead on Monday with an informal meeting in Congress which prosecutor Alberto Nisman was expected to address and called for the official's alleged evidence relating to the AMIA case to be protected from interference.

 “This meeting was called so that prosecutor Alberto Nisman could come to speak. Last night we all found out about his death. We are all shaken up, anxious for the things happening in our country,” Penal Legislation Committee chairwoman Patricia Bullrich said.

“This is a case that has been going on for many years, just like the AMIA case, the collateral causes and those things that should have taken place today.

”We are not able to make sure the prosecutor is replaced, and that others who worked with him come to talk. We have decided to raise the meeting and read a document,“ the legislator added, before calling for a minute's silence in Nisman's honor.

The statement read out by Bullrich was signed by PRO, Union for Everybody, Federal Peronism, the Workers' Party and CC-ARI, amongst other opposition blocs.

The text calls on the Executive to ”protect“ the evidence Nisman had in his possession before his death, and name a ”suitable and independent“ replacement to continue with the investigations.

Meanwhile on Monday evening hundreds of people convened in the iconic Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires' downtown area to condemn the death of AMIA lead investigator Alberto Nisman, in a demonstration that was marked by sporadic clashes with police.

People carried banners' reading ”I'm Nisman” and Argentine flags, and while the majority of protesters chanted peacefully, some knocked down a barrier erected around Government House by security forces, provoking some violent incidents.

The protest was called for through social media websites, shortly after news broke that the prosecutor had been found dead in his Puerto Madero apartment.

Other demonstrations, involving thousands, also took place across Argentina, including outside President Cristina Fernández official residence in Olivos, Buenos Aires province.

Categories: Politics, Argentina.

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  • chronic

    Christian Rubilar is another K cyber shill.

    Jan 20th, 2015 - 05:17 am 0
  • Conqueror

    An exceptional situation where the 'accused' should be considered guilty unless proven innocent. Throw her in a cell. Hang her from the walls on manacles. Leave her for a week. How about the rack or that old spanish favourite, the garotte?

    Jan 20th, 2015 - 12:41 pm 0
  • toooldtodieyoung

    “Opposition demands protection of Nisman's records”

    Of course, they won't find any now.......... and then claim that he was mad and had made it all up.

    I swear Cristina Fernandez needs to be flayed and then rolled in a bag of salt for this.

    Jan 20th, 2015 - 03:59 pm 0
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