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January 18 is the one-year anniversary of the murder of Special Prosecutor Alberto Nisman in Buenos Aires.
Nisman, appointed to investigate the 1994 bombing of Asociación Mutual Israelita (AMIA), was assassinated just hours before he was to present his conclusions to Congress.
The findings, which indicted then-President Cristina Kirchner, were released to the public, and the majority of Argentines believe Kirchner was directly responsible for the assassination.
The night Nisman’s body was found in the bathroom of his locked home, two-hundred thousand demonstrators instinctively took to the streets. Filling the roads in the center city, the crowd moved from Congress to The Pink House, Argentina’s version of America’s White House. A distance that would take twenty-minutes to walk under ordinary conditions took over two-hours due to the crowd.
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As the marchers got nearer to The Pink House and pressed into Plaza de Mayo, they were momentarily stopped by the Federal Police which placed barricades intended to keep the masses from the executive mansion.
Eventually, the protesters broke through but were eventually driven back by the “policia”.
On December 10, 2015, a new president, Mauricio Macri, was inaugurated. One of his established priorities is the fulfillment of the Nisman murder investigation and justice for the murderers — even if that search leads him to his predecessor.
Two-hundred thousand people turned out for a walk from Congresso to the Pink House. A hike that normally would take twenty-minutes took two and a half hours because of the crowd.
Notwithstanding a rushing rain, demonstrators showed their anger at the murder of Alberto Nisman.
“We are all Nisman” declared the demonstrators as they moved deliberately toward the Executive Mansion
The bulk of Argentines think that (former) President Cristina Kirchner was the motivating power behind Nisman’s murder.
As the protesters neared The Pink House, federal police put up barricades to keep the marchers from the Executive Mansion.
With thousands of protesters following them, those at the police barricade began to struggle through towards the Pink House.
With the barricade ripped down by the demonstrators, the federal police formed a human barricade to attempt to restrain the enraged protesters.
Threats, chants and singing, directed the crowd’s anger at (former) President, Cristina Kirchner. Many in Buenos Aires still accuse her for Nisman’s murder.