Argentina Gov't Braces for March to Protest Prosecutor Nisman's Death

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A woman chants the Argentine national anthem holding a portrait of the late prosecutor Alberto Nisman outside the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jan. 21, 2015.Credit: AP

Argentine security forces patrolling near a protest march on Wednesday will not be allowed to carry weapons in order to avoid "provocations," the country's security chief said Tuesday.

The silent march is being organized by prosecutors to demand answers in the mysterious death of Alberto Nisman, a prosecutor who was investigating the country's worst terrorist attack.

Argentina has been rocked by the January 18 death of Nisman who alleged that President Cristina Fernandez and her allies shielded the masterminds of a 1994 bombing that killed 85 people at the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires.

Security Secretary Sergio Berni said Tuesday that federal agents within a five-block perimeter of Wednesday's march won't carry weapons because "there could be provocations."

Berni said that while he respects the planned demonstration, he saw it as a politically motivated move against Fernandez's government.

Local prosecutor Ricardo Saenz, one of the march organizers, dismissed Berni's accusations as ludicrous. Commenting on this "is like answering whether I'll be traveling to the moon next week," he said.

Nisman was found dead of a gunshot wound in his apartment shortly after he presented a report claiming Fernandez had agreed to shield former Iranian officials implicated in the bombing in exchange for favorable trade benefits. Fernandez and Iran both deny the allegations.

Conspiracy theories swirl around Nisman's death, as well as the bombing, which has never been solved. Polls show many Argentines suspect officials had some hand in the death, while Fernandez's aides have suggested he was killed as part of a plot to destabilize and bring down the government.

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