Argentines Plan Rallies on Social Media After Prosecutor’s Death

Thousands of Argentines say they plan to rally following the death of Alberto Nisman, the prosecutor who accused President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of trying to absolve terrorists.

The number of people clicking “Join” on the Facebook event for a march in front of the presidential palace tonight had reached 8,000 by 1 p.m. Buenos Aires time, up from 5,000 an hour earlier. Two thousand people said they’ll hold a separate rally this afternoon in front of congress, while the hashtag #MuerteDeNisman, which means Nisman’s death in Spanish, was the top trending topic on Twitter worldwide.

Argentines are taking to social media to express their outrage after Nisman’s mother found him dead in his apartment this morning. The prosecutor was set to present evidence at a lower house commission today for his accusation that Fernandez and foreign relations minister Hector Timerman tried to cover up Iranian officials’ responsibility for the bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people in 1994.

Of the ten trending topics on Twitter in Argentina, seven relate to Nisman’s death and his accusations. The marches organized on Facebook demand justice and use the phrase “I am Nisman”, a version of the rallying cry that went viral after the killings at the French magazine Charlie Hebdo earlier this month.

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