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Powerful Photos Of The Silent March In Argentina For Dead Prosecutor

Tens of thousands of people turned out for the peaceful protest in Buenos Aires, organized by federal prosecutors. Alberto Nisman’s widow and mother attended.

Tens of thousands of people participated in a silent march in Argentina on Wednesday to honor Alberto Nisman — who was investigating the country’s 1994 terror attack — and demand answers about how he died.

A group of prosecutors hold a banner that reads in Spanish, “Homage to prosecutor Nisman. Silent march.” AP Victor R. Caivano

Protestors chant anti-government slogans at the march. AP Rodrigo Abd

The action was organized by prosecutors.

Police officers patrolling the march within a five-block perimeter weren’t allowed to carry weapons in order to avoid “provocations,” Argentina’s Security Chief Sergio Berni said Tuesday. He said he respects the demonstration but views it as politically charged against President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s administration.

As the Associate Press reported:

In a case that has posed one of the strongest challenges to President Cristina Fernandez, protesters waved Argentine flags and carried white signs with black letters that read “Justice!” and “Truth!” Many also carried umbrellas to repel a burst of summer rain.

Blanca Perez, 81, said she believed Nisman had been murdered, and the government needed to account for what happened.

“If we don’t have justice, we won’t have liberty,” she said. “The government has lost control of the situation.”

Nisman alleged that Fernández and her administration protected Iranians accused of bombing a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people in 1994. The prosecutor was found dead from a gunshot wound in his apartment in Jan. 18, shortly after submitting a report claiming Kirchner struck a deal with Iranian officials to cover up the bombing in exchange for trade benefits.

Fernández denied the allegations and claims Nisman was misled by intelligence sources.

Nisman’s ex-wife Arroyo Salgado and his mother Sara Garfunkel attended as well.

Judge Sandra Arroyo Salgado, the ex-wife of Nisman, at the march. REUTERS © Enrique Marcarian / Reuters

Sara Garfunkel, Nisman’s mother, at the march. REUTERS © Enrique Marcarian / Reuters

A protester holds a portrait of Nisman, along with a toy gun on a wooden cross, during the march. AP Rodrigo Abd

AP Rodrigo Abd

People take part in a peaceful demonstration on Wednesday. Edgard Garrido / Reuters

Protesters on Wednesday Enrique Marcarian / Reuters

Jose Maria Campagnoli, one of the prosecutors who organized the silent march, on Wednesday. Enrique Marcarian / Reuters

AP Rodrigo Abd

Argentinean Maria Laura, 31, holds the Argentina flag during Wednesday’s protest. Nacho Doce / Reuters

The Argentinean and Spanish flags at the march. Andres Kudacki / AP

A protester holds up a sign that reads “I am Nisman” on Wednesday. Marcos Brindicci / Reuters

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