An estimated 400,000 people people walked peacefully through the streets of Buenos Aires on Wednesday (February 18) demanding an independent judiciary.
The protest which was called ‘A silent march for truth and justice’, was held one month after the mysterious death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman who had been investigating Argentina’s president.
He had accused Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of plotting to cover up his investigation into a 1994 bombing. Her final year in office has been plunged into turmoil by the scandal.
Argentines have long questioned the independence of the judiciary but the death of Nisman has raised the disquiet to a new level.
The late prosecutor had accused Iran of being behind a bomb attack on a Jewish community in central Buenos Aires which killed 85 people and alleged that the president had conspired with Tehran to whitewash his investigation in return for economic favours.
Relatives of the 1994 bomb victims were in Rome on Wednesday seeking support from Pope Francis who is from Argentina.
President Fernandez de Kirchner has described the allegations against her as absurd and claims Nisman was duped by intelligence agents then murdered.